Mohd Edrus Yunos won the sprint gold in all the three legs and also the keirin title of the South East Asian Track Grand Prix series at the Cheras Velodrome last week.
PETALING JAYA: The resurgence of track cyclist Muhd Edrus Yunos has made Josiah Ng a happy team-mate.
The 25-year-old Edrus showed he was back to his best with a four-gold performance in the South-East Asian Track Grand Prix at the Cheras Velodrome last week. He won the sprint gold in all the three legs and also the keirin title.
Despite beaten by Edrus in all the four events, the 34-year-old Josiah was not complaining.
“It is good for him. If he does well leading up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games (July) and Incheon Asian Games (September), it would be even better for us because we will have a strong sprint team.
“There will be me, Azizulhasni (Awang) and Edrus. Then, we now have Rizal (Tisin) back in the fray. We also have new guy Mohd Shah (Fridaus Sahrom). We should have a strong team for the two major meets,” said Josiah, who returned to action for the first time at the South-East Asian Track Grand Prix after suffering a punctured lung in a crash at the Track World Cup in Mexico in December.
The sprint team could only manage a bronze in the previous Commonwealth Games and Asiad. In the 2010 Guangzhou Asiad, the team of Rizal, Edrus and Josiah lost to Iran for the bronze medal.
At the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi the same year, Azizulhasni took Edrus’ place as the team clinched the bronze.
Josiah said he was happy for Edrus after his struggles all these years.
“If you see my Instagram and Facebook posts, I share my happiness for him. I just hope that winning will push him on to do well in the two major Games this year.
“I guess people are tired of just watching Azizulhasni and me out there and are waiting for somebody else to emerge.
“It has taken eight years for Edrus to be this good since he joined the elite squad. I hope he will continue to strive to be better in the future,” said Josiah.