Eddyna loses out on a medal by a whisker

PETALING JAYA: It was a case of so close yet so far for Eddyna Nasuhar Zainal Abidin (pic) at the Asian BMX Championships.

The 17-year-old managed to stay close to two Thai riders Panatda Buranaphawang and Chanathinart Junpurng but her hopes of winning Malaysia’s only medal slipped away after dropping off at the finish line at the BMX Arena in Nilai on Monday.

She clocked 41:454 for fourth place while the junior women’s category was won by Japan’s Jui Yabuta (34:102). Panatda won silver (37.764) while Chanathinart took bronze (39.792).

Malaysian National Cycling Federation president Datuk Abu Samah Wahab said nervousness and lack of experience were the reasons behind Eddyna’s loss.

“The Thais managed to distract Eddyna’s focus as they had three riders alongside her.

“But I believe Eddyna has the talent to go far,” said Abu Samah.

Eddyna and Siti Shahirah Hashim carried the nation’s hopes to win at least a bronze medal at the just concluded meet.

Abu Samah added that they will continue to send both of them to international competitions to gain experience.

“Siti won the bronze in the junior ranks at the Asian championships in Thailand last year but it was unfortunate she had an injury this time.”

Japan made a clean sweep of all four events at stake with Jukia Yoshimura, Moka Ban and Kanami Tanno winning the respective men’s elite, junior men and women’s elite.

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