Damien Shaw (front) and James Brown in action earlier today. Photo: Brian Lawless/SPORTSFILE

Shaw and Brown through to bronze medal final

Paracyclist James Brown and his track partner, Mullingar cyclist Damien Shaw, are through the bronze medal final in track cycling at the London Paralympic Games.Brown (47) and his sighted pilot Shaw (28) finished fourth out of eight entries in the Men's Individual B Pursuit qualifiers, which kicked off at London's Veldrome just after 11am this morning.Despite achieving the standard which won them a world championship silver medal earlier this year, the duo missed out on qualification for the gold medal final by four and a half seconds, with two powerful Australian pairs leading the field.Such was the high standard set by the fastest finisher, Australia's Kieran Modra (with pilot Scott McPhee), that he came within a second of breaking the world record, which he set in 2011.Finishing in a time of 4:25.557, Brown and Shaw will take on Spain's Miguel Angel Clemento Solano and Diego Javier Munoz for the bronze medal at 4.57pm today.