National track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang was disqualified from the keirin final at the World Cup meet in Mexico on Saturday for overtaking the motorised vehicle during the race. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: There was no joy for Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang in the final leg of the Track World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Saturday.
It was the second time in a row that Azizul made the top six keirin final, but it turned out to be a disappointing day for the 26-year-old from Terengganu.
He managed to finish third but was later disqualified for having overtaken the derny (motorised vehicle) before the start line. It put paid to his hopes of a podium finish to make up for the disappointment in the second leg in Aguascalientes, also in Mexico, last month.
Then, Azizul also made the keirin final, but was relegated to last for a technical infringement.
Saturday’s race was won by Dutch rider Matthijs Buchli, last year’s bronze medallist at the World Championships in Belarus, and Azizul felt he was unfairly penalised by the commissaire.
“It was an unfair decision. I can’t let myself stuck behind the derny when everybody was already on the move.
“It was a very bad night for me. Travelled thousand miles and get disqualified in my favourite event. Anyway, whatever happened, happened,” he tweeted.
Azizul is now determined to put the setback behind him and focus on the sprint. He will attempt to reach the top 16 qualification round for the first time this year.
In the women’s sprint qualifiers, Fatehah Mustapa posted the 14th fastest time of 11.248sec to reach the knockout rounds for the first time this season.
However, Fatehah’s charge ended as she failed to get the better of London Olympic bronze medallist Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong in the round of 16.
Fatehah still has the keirin event where she will bid to maintain her impressive run this year.
Fatehah, who also hails from Terengganu, reached the final in the two previous legs in Manchester and Aguascalientes.
She was sixth in the opening round in Manchester in November and was fourth in Aguascalientes.
Malaysia’s Jupha Somnet also had an impressive campaign, reaching the women’s scratch final. She eventually finished 12th.