Malacca's Muhd Arfy Qhairant Amran does a wheelie to celebrate winning the criterium race at the Sukma Games on Sunday. - FAIHAN GHANI/ The Star
KANGAR: Cyclist Muhd Arfy Qhairant Amran of Malacca hardly trained for the road event, but that did not stop him from claiming the Sukma men’s criterium gold medal at Chuping.
Arfy, who switched from track sprinting programme to track endurance early this year, beat the favourite and Pahang Sukma gold medallist Sofian Nabil Omar of Terengganu with 22 points. Sofian collected 17 points for the silver while Muhd Zawawi Azman of Perak settled for the bronze with eight points.
It was the second gold at the Perlis Sukma for Arfy, who won the men’s 200m sprint on Saturday.
“I didn’t do much training for the road events, but at the same time I didn’t lose much of my sprinting power since switching programmes.
“It was clear from the beginning that Sofian was the favourite. All I had to do was just to mark his every move,” said the 21-year-old Arfy.
Meanwhile, Jupha Som Net delivered the first gold for Perlis in cycling after winning the women’s criterium.
Jupha outclassed Terengganu’s Ummi Hamimah Mohd to collect 19 points. Ummi collected 14 points for the silver while Nurul Nadia Mohd Fauzi of Pahang amassed seven points for the bronze.