Azizulhasni Awang in a file photo. He was disqualified for causing a crash in his second round heat in the men's keirin at the Track World Championships in Cali.
PETALING JAYA: There was no joy for Azizulhasni Awang when he failed to advance beyond the second round of the men’s keirin at the Track World Championships in Cali.
The 26-year-old had to battle his way to the second round through the repechage after finishing last in his first round heat.
Azizul advanced to the second round after coming in second behind Britain’s Matthew Crampton in his first round repechage heat.
But Azizul’s bid to make the top six final came to a sorry end when he was disqualified for causing a crash in his second round heat.
It is the second successive time the current Asian Games gold medallist was disqualified from the event at a major championship.
Azizul had made the final of the Track World Cup final leg in Guadalajara, Mexico, last month but was left fuming when the commissaire disqualified him for having overtaken the derny (motorised pacer) before the start line.
Francois Pervis of France, the world record holder in the men’s 1km time trial, went on to win the final ahead of home favourite Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata while defending champion Jason Kenny of Britain settled for fifth.
The keirin was Azizul’s best hope of climbing on the World Championships podium as it will be hard for him to make a big impact in the sprint to be held on Saturday.