Selangor cyclist Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan is the sprint queen of Sukma Games after winning gold in the 200m sprint and 500m time trial events on Saturday.
KANGAR: Selangor cyclist Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan was crowned sprint queen at the Changlun-Kuala Perlis highway after claiming the 200m sprint and 500m time trial gold medals in the Perlis Malaysia Games (Sukma).
The 18-year-old, who recently won the keirin bronze medal at the Asian junior meet in Kazakhtsan, bagged the women’s 200m sprint by beating Lauretta Eva Adrian of Sabah 2-0 on Saturday.
Farina was also fastest in the 500m time trial, clocking 39.029 seconds to collect her second gold medal.
This is the first time that Farina has won a Sukma gold medal after only winning a silver in the 500m event at the Pahang Games in 2012.
“I knew that all eyes would be on me because of my performance in Kazakhstan. It wasn’t an easy feat to defeat Lauretta ... she gave a tough fight,” said Farina, who will also compete in the criterium race on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Muhd Arfy Qhairant Amran bade farewell to Sukma by clinching the men’s 200m gold medal after beating Asian junior champion Mohd Firdaus Mohd Zonis 2-1.
The 21-year-old was given a tough time by Firdaus but his experience stood him in good stead.
“I’ve had a lot of experience racing 200m sprints on the road like this. In the last Sukma, I finished with a silver,” said Arfy.
“It was a tactical game as I let him be at the front and used his slipstream to jump past him in the closing metres.”
But Firdaus was not going to be denied his first Sukma gold medal. In the men’s 1km time trial, Firdaus clocked 1:07.813 to claim the gold medal. This is way below his Asian junior record of 1:03.962.
“It was the ultimate test for me. It was just me against the clock. I lost the sprint gold to Arfy ... so, I didn’t want to go home empty-handed,” said Firdaus.