Nur Aisyah shows calibre with two-medal show at ISG


In the limelight: Nur Aisyah Mohd Zubir delivered the first medal for Malaysia when she took silver in the women’s scratch final behind Kazakhstan’s Rinata Sultanova on Sunday.

PETALING JAYA: Nur Aisyah Mohd Zubir was the toast of the Malaysian contingent with a two-medal show in the track cycling competition at the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) in Konya, Turkiye.

The 24-year-old delivered the first medal for Malaysia when she took silver in the women’s scratch final behind Kazakhstan’s Rinata Sultanova on Sunday.

Uzbekistan’s Sofiya Karimova took bronze in the 7.5km race.

Nur Aisyah continued her impressive form by winning bronze at the end of the women’s omnium event on Tuesday after accumulating 104 points.

Indonesia’s Ayustina Priatna got the silver with 108 points while Sultanova earned her second gold for Kazakhstan with 112. Another Malaysian – Nyo Ci Hui finished 12th.

The omnium consists of four events taking place on a single day (scratch race, the tempo race, the elimination race and the points race).

Nur Aisyah is the women’s road race silver medallist at the Vietnam SEA Games and she will be looking to make the podium when the road cycling events start later this week.

The ISG officially opened on Tuesday with the Malaysian contingent having won one silver and two bronzes.

The other bronze medal came from Nor Sarah Adi in the women’s pole vault.

The reigning SEA Games champion cleared 3.90m for third spot. Two pole vaulters from the host nation – Buse Arikazan and Demet Parlak – shared the gold with 4.00m.

Not fast enough: Khairul Hafiz Jantan (left) failed to make the top-eight final in the 100m event.Not fast enough: Khairul Hafiz Jantan (left) failed to make the top-eight final in the 100m event.

Former SEA Games champions Khairul Hafiz Jantan and Haiqal Hanafi took part in the men’s 100m event on Tuesday but did not make the top-eight final.

It was an explosive affair in the final with the podium winners all posting sub-10 second performances.

Ivory Coast sprinter Arthur Cisse took gold with 9.89 seconds ahead of Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Abkar Mohd, who clocked 9.95.

Turkiye’s Emre Zafer Barnes and Oman’s Barakat Al Harthi shared bronze with 9.99.

Besides athletics and cycling, Malaysia are also represented in archery, taekwondo, karate and rhythmic gymnastics.

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