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Published: Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 8:45:00 PM
Updated: Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 8:53:18 PM

Glory beckons for cyclist Fatehah in Glasgow

National track cyclist Fatehah Mustapa listening to her coach John Beasley during the SEA Track GP meet in Cheras in May. - Filepic

National track cyclist Fatehah Mustapa listening to her coach John Beasley during the SEA Track GP meet in Cheras in May. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Further glory beckons for Fatehah Mustapa if she gets her act right in Glasgow on July 24.

The Terengganu lass, who created history as the first Malaysian woman to ride at the Commonwealth Games, will get off the blocks in the 500m time trial and has a chance to grab the country’s first medal.

Track cycling is among the six sports with medals up for grabs on the first day of competition. The others are swimming, judo, triathlon, rhythmic gymnastics and weightlifting.

Malaysia also have medal interest in men’s weightlifting but the finals will only be in the evening.

”There is no women’s keirin event for the Commonwealth Games, so I have been focusing on the 500m time trial,’ said Fatehah.

”I have a shot at winning a medal compared to the 200m sprint where I have to face Anna Meares of Australia and also the British riders.

”The 500m time trial is a one-lap event and I have a chance if I start well,” added Fatehah, who made history in January when she became the first Malaysian woman medal winner at the final World Cup leg in Mexico with her silver in keirin.

The 25-year-old said her form is much better compared to when she was competing at the Asian Cycling Championships in Kazakhstan in June.

”I was ill at that time and failed to defend my sprint title.

”Conditioning period went well for me leading to this Games, so I am hoping for the best.”

Tags / Keywords: Fatehah Mustapa, cycling, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Anna Meares

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