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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 6:59:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 7:01:24 PM

Malaysia settle for 4th in cross country cycling

NAYPYITAW: A miscalculated move put paid to Malaysia’s hopes of a podium finish in the cross country cycling mixed-team relay event at the Mount Pleasant Cycling Course on Thursday.

Shahrin Amir, Mohd Zulhafiz Saipuddin, Masziyaton Mohd Radzi and Junaidah Juss completed the race in 59:40.412 to finish just outside the medals in fourth place, less than a minute behind bronze medallists Vietnam (Ha The Long, Nguyen Van Quang, Cao Thi Cam le and Dinh Thi Nhu Quynh), who posted 58:59.36.

Indonesia (Kusmawati Yazid, Chandra Rafsanzani, Willhelmina Tutuarima and Bandi Sugito) took the gold on 55:48.37 while Thailand’s Keerati Suprasart, Jutamas Padklang Wong, Siriluck Warapiang and Peerapol Chawchiangkwang were second on 57:23.12.

Shahrin was disappointed with team officials for not consulting the riders on their starting lineup for the event earlier.

Coach Noor Alfizan Othman had selected Junaidah to ride first followed by Mohd Zulhafiz, Masziyaton and Shahrin as the last rider.

”We had a genuine chance of winning at least a bronze medal here if not for our poor strategy.

”I am disappointed because they (team officials) consulted us on the lineup only a day before the race. It was already too late to make any changes by then.

”We could have put a male rider to start the race and build an advantage and place the women in the middle as we are not in the same league as teams like Indonesia and Thailand.”

Masziyaton will be hoping to put the episode behind her and win the individual event on Friday.

She was the silver medallist in the individual event in Jakarta two years ago.

Tags / Keywords: cycling, cross country, Malaysia, SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Shahrin Amir

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