PETALING JAYA: Sabah-born cyclist Waldron Chee delivered a stunner by winning the boys’ junior scratch gold at the Taiwan Track Cup 1 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Waldron, only 16, held off a pack of chasing Taiwanese rivals to storm to his first-ever international victory in the 10km distance race at the Kaohsiung Velodrome yesterday.
Taiwan’s Hsu Yu-kai and Wu Ping-hua finished second and third respectively.
It was only the second international competition for Waldron.
He made a delightful debut for Malaysia by winning bronze in the boys’ junior individual pursuit at the Asian Cycling Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia, in January this year.
Waldron, who got involved in track cycling only two years ago, was thrilled to finish top in a UCI Class 1 track championship in a short time.
“It is way beyond my expectations ... this is the best results I’ve achieved so far this year,” said Waldron, who is riding for Cycology Sabah Racing Team.
“I was expecting just a podium finish as there were two strong riders (from Hong Kong and Taiwan) in the bunch who raced with me in the omnium event at the Asian championships (in Jakarta) this year.
“I’m pleased but I hope there is more to come. My main focus is on the World Juniors (Germany in August) and the Asian Championships (South Korea in October),” he said.
The Sabah team train at the National Velodrome in Nilai under coach Louis Pang because the state do not have track cycling facilities.
It was also a proud day for another youngster Anis Amira Rosidi, who pulled off a surprise win in the women’s elite keirin event as her more illustrious senior Fatehah Mustapa failed to reach the final.
South Korea’s Kwon Se-rim and Canadian Lizzane Fox took silver and bronze respectively.
National track coach Harnizam Basri was delighted with the performance of the 21-year-old Anis from Perlis, who competed at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year.
“She raced very well in the final to win her first UCI Class 1 track gold medal today,” he said.
Anis also partnered Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan to win the women’s elite team sprint gold medal by posting 48.310 to beat South Korea’s Ha Je-un and Kim Hu-ju (48.484).