Muhd Edrus Yunos after winning his third sprint win in the South-East Asian Track Grand Prix at the Cheras Velodrome.
KUALA LUMPUR: It was an emotional day for track cyclist Muhd Edrus Yunos as he completed a hat-trick of sprint wins in the South-East Asian Track Grand Prix at the Cheras Velodrome.
The 25-year-old Edrus, already a gold medallist in the first and second legs on Sunday and Tuesday, beat compatriot Josiah Ng 2-0 in the final on Thursday.
“I really didn’t see it coming because Josiah is a strong rider … but I’m happy with the results,” said Edrus.
There was, however, a tinge of nostalgia for Edrus as the Cheras Velodrome is now expected to be demolished after the championships to make way for a new velodrome.
“This is where I started to learn about track cycling at the age of 16 before I shifted to Melbourne. I still remember those days of training as a junior under coach Soud (Hussain). I hope the track cycling scene will grow when the new velodrome is ready,” he said.
Edrus’ three-gold haul has also earned him a spot in the national team for the Asian Cycling Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, from May 21-June 1.
National coach John Beasley believes Edrus should be given a chance to compete in the individual sprint in Astana after his performances in the South-East Asian Track GP.
“I will ask Josiah whether he wants to defend his title in Astana. He is lined up for the 1km time trial and the team sprint and I will ask him if he is ready for the sprint event,” said Beasley.
Meanwhile, Fatehah Mustapa lost the battle with France’s Virginie Cueff in the women’s sprint final. It was her second defeat to the reigning French national sprint champion.