NAYPYITAW: Malaysia bagged silver in the men’s road race team event but it still did not hide the fact that the Myanmar SEA Games road cycling campaign was a disappointment as the competition came to a close at Ngan Pai Lin.
All five who started the men’s road race event on Wednesday were professional riders attached with overseas or local cycling outfits and hopes were high that they could achieve the one gold target set by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation.
But they could not end the gold medal drought in the individual event dating back to when Suhardi Hassan won in Manila in 2005.
The Malaysians who lined up for the start of the 163km distance race were Loh Sea Keong, who will ride for the World Tour Proteam outfit Argos-Shimano next year, Mohd Saufi Mat Senan, Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin and Adiq Husainie Othman – all from Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) and Amir Mustafa Rusli from Drapac Professional Cycling Team.
Sea Keong posted the best finish in fourth place with 4’29:51 while Saufi was 10th, Shahrun 16th and Amir 30th.
Adiq failed to finish after he suffered a tyre puncture two kilometres after the start.
Laos cyclist Ariya Phounsavath shocked the field by taking gold in 4’27:22 followed by Nguyen Hung Mai from Vietnam (4’29:07) and Indonesia’s Robin Manullang Fowl (4’29:26).
Malaysia’s combined times saw them taking silver with 13’37:05 behind Indonesia (13’34:33) with Thailand taking bronze in 13’48:20.
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