National track cyclist Muhd Edrus Yunos is rethinking his retirement plans after winning two sprint races at the South East Asia Grand Prix meet in Cheras this week. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: It looks like national track cyclist Muhd Edrus Yunos will have to reconsider his intention to retire early.
The 25-year-old has been under-performing despite being based with the senior squad in Melbourne for the past few years, with his only major victory coming in 2012 when he won the 1km time trial gold medal at the Asian Cycling Championships.
The lack of achievements could be the reason he is considering retirement, although he claims it is because of other commitments.
But having captured back-to-back 200m sprint titles in the span of two days, it is obvious Edrus still has so much to offer to the national team.
He won the titles at the first and second legs of the South-East Asian Track Grand Prix at the Cheras Velodrome on Sunday and Tuesday.
Edrus followed up Sunday’s victory by outriding Quentin Lafargue of France in the sprint final which was limited to just one heat.
It was supposed to be a best-of-three race but the organiser was forced to call off the remaining heats for all the sprint finals because of bad weather.
Josiah Ng could only finish fourth after losing to Frenchman Charlie Conord in the bronze medal decider.
“I thought of retiring by the end of this year, but I have yet to make a firm decision,” said Edrus.
“For now I will still give my all to cycling, and only after the Commonwealth and Asian Games will I rethink my decision.”
With two titles in the bag, Edrus is hungry for more.
He hopes to continue to impress coach John Beasley in the third leg of the SEA Track GP on Thursday and next week’s Asian Cycling Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, as he eyes a spot in the Commonwealth Games squad.
Meanwhile, reigning Asian champion Fatehah Mustapa returned to her winning ways after gaining sweet revenge over France’s Virginie Cueff in the senior women’s sprint final. On Sunday Fatehah lost to Cueff in the same event.
“I’m really enjoying my win over her (Virginie), although it was decided in just one heat,” said the World Cup silver medallist.
“I was quite exhausted and feeling ill, so to win under such conditions just makes things sweeter.
“But there is nothing to complain about as the GPs serve as a good platform to warm up ahead of the Asian Cycling Championships.”