NEWCOMER Lim Shimri of Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) made a memorable debut in the opening leg of the Malakoff University Duathlon Series at the Universiti Malaya (UM) Sports Centre recently.
Emerging as the fastest finisher in the men’s university section, the 20-year-old medical student clocked 48:41 in completing the challenge — 3.5km run, 11.4km cycling and 3.5km run.
Shimri, who has just ventured into multi-discipline endurance events more than a year ago, said he was delighted with his feat to stay ahead of the pack and clinch victory as a perfect start to the season.
“It was only my first race of the year. I am happy that I have done well and performed beyond expectations. I was definitely not the favourite to win the race. Going into the race, my other teammates were more experienced. It was not a lengthy race over a long distance but it was tough to maintain the high intensity throughout the short course. The contenders in the chasing pack were also pushing hard to challenge for the top position. I’m glad that I did enough to protect my lead,” he added.
After a tight start in the first running segment, Shimri started to build his lead in the cycling discipline before he pulled away to extend his winning advantage to almost a minute over his closest challenger and teammate Muhammad Tarmizizulfika Ismail.
Tarmizizulfika was timed at 49:32 while Mohd Aiman Mohd Halim came in third (51:47) to make it a one-two-three finish UPNM in the men’s university contest.
The previous overall winner of the men’s university category Chan Jun Shen from UPNM crossed the finish line in 52:03 for fourth position.
In addition, UPNM also made a clean sweep by taking the top three positions in both the mixed and men’s relays.
Emerging talent Rikigoro Shinozuka gave a courageous performance to bag the top spot in the men’s open category.
The 17-year-old, who is taking a one-year break from studies after his O-Level examination, returned with a respectable time of 49:35.
He has featured in two junior international outings in Japan and the Philippines recently and is also expected to compete in another event in Auckland, New Zealand in October.
“I have been training full time since the beginning of the year. It has been a great learning curve going under the care of a well respected coach Steve Lumley from Britain.
“For the recent race, we had to cope with the hot weather. Besides staying out of trouble from the vehicles, especially the other cyclists on the road, it was fun tackling the cycling course with a combination of the demanding uphill climb and downhill descend. I feel the adrenaline rush trying to master the skills to be in control of the wheels on the way down at high speed,” said Rikigoro.
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) will be hosting the second leg of the series on May 19 followed by the third and final leg at UPNM on May 26.
Relay: 1. Muhammad Faiz Solehan Abdul Wahabi, Afif Ariffin, Nurul Athirah Mahadi (UPNM G) 54:21; 2. Iqbal Aqil Mohd Fadzludin, Muhamad Haziq Azmen, Nor Asmidar Zulkipli (UPNM H) 54:33; 3. Muhamad Fadjil Lufti Mahamed, Zulkarnain Mahadi, Nur Syafiqah Asilah Ilias (UPNM F) 54:47
University: 1. Lydia Tan Shenh Ai (Queenstown Resort College) 1’06:10; 2. Teh Yong Le (UPNM) 1’11:59; 3. Fatin Nur Ain Ramli (IIUM) 1’14:57
Open: 1. Nazihah Abdul Ghani (UTM) 1’23:11; 2. Tan Mei Lin (Malaysia) 1’23:42; 3. Jane Lumley (Malaysia) 1’30:44
University: 1. Lim Shimri (UPNM) 48:41; 2. Muhammad Tarmizizulfika Ismail (UPNM) 49:32; 3. Mohd Aiman Mohd Halim (UPNM) 51:47
Open: 1. Rikigoro Shinozuka (Malaysia) 49:35; 2. Muhammad Tareef Azhar Zakaria (Malaysia) 53:00; 3. Sakhri Zohir (Algeria) 53:11
Media: 1. Leong Chin Wei (China Press) 1’12:03; 2. Muhamad Amirul Fikri Abdullah Bajuri (TV3) 1’12:51; 3. Gan Chuan Choon (Oriental Daily) 1’17:57
Relay: 1. Abdul Mustaqim Abdul Hadi, Mohamad Hudha Mohd Mortador, Mohd Amir Mohammad Nasir (UPNM A) 48:42; 2. Muhammad Firdaus Taufiq Pang, Mohd Farhan Kamarul Bahrin, Mohammad Adreen Nujjaid Khairul (UPNM B) 50:14; 3. Rajakogillan Rajenpiran, Muhammad Izzat Muhd Safian, Mohamad Amir Hadi Sobri (UPNM C) 53:15