NILAI: Jupha Somnet (pic) is not just a pretty face but also a versatile cyclist who can excel in both the road race and track events.
She will represent Malaysia in the road race competition at the upcoming Philippines SEA Games but yesterday, the 26-year-old from Perlis showed her prowess in the track when she bagged the second gold for her state in the National Track Championships by winning the women’s elite team sprint event at the National Velodrome here yesterday.
Jupha, who is of Thai-Malaysian parentage, partnered 20-year-old Melbourne-based cyclist Anis Amira Rosidi to clinch gold in 35.609 while Terengganu’s Fatehah Mustapa rode with Nur Aisyah Mohd Zubir to finish in 36.194 for the silver medal.
The winning time clocked by Jupha-Anis is not far off the national record of 34.140 clocked by Fatehah-Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan when they took gold at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017.
Jupha only partnered Anis at the last minute after coming off from a gruelling win in the women’s elite omnium discipline, comprising four events.
“I’m still tired after winning the omnium gold for Perlis late yesterday, ” said Jupha, who also added a bronze medal from the women’s keirin final yesterday.
“The team asked if I can partner Anis to enter for the team sprint, so I agreed as I do not have any events today.
“I did not expect much as the last time I rode the team sprint was in my junior days. I treated it as part of the training, ” said Jupha, who is a policewoman and winner of the scratch race at the 2018 Asian Cycling Championships in Nilai last year.
Jupha’s next assignments are the Asian meet in South Korea in October and then the Philippines SEA Games in December.
“It will be very tough because there are different disciplines involved at the Asian championships but I will try my best to come back with at least one medal, ” said Jupha, who took silver in the road race at the KL SEA Games.
“It is also tough for the SEA Games because the road conditions favour the climbers while I am more of a sprinter.”
Top cyclists Azizulhasni Awang and Fatehah Mustapa lived up to expectations by winning the respective men’s and women’s keirin events.
Men’s team sprint: 1. Johor (Amar Danial Masri-Muhd Shah Firdaus Sahrom-Muhd Khairil Nizam Rasol) 46.092,2. Selangor (Alif Aiman Safuan-Mohd Shariz Efendi Shahrin-Muhd Fadhil Zonis) 46.853,3. Kedah (Taib Azamudden Shukri-Muhd Riadz Abdul Malik-Muhd Fariz Haikal Kadir) 47.352.
Men’s keirin: 1. Azizulhasni Awang (Ter), 2. Mohd Fadhil Zonis (Sel), 3. Mohd Shariz Efendi Shahrin (Sel), 4. Mohd Elyas Yusoff (Sin), 5. Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Joh), 6. Taib Azamudden Shukri (Ked).
Men’s 4m individual pursuit: 1. Eiman Firdaus Zamri (Sel) 4:35.122,2. Lim Chun Kiat (Sab) 4:35.887,3. Muhd Yusri Shaari (Prk) 4:38.758.
Women’s team sprint: 1. Perlis (Anis Amira Rosidi-Jupha Somnet) 35.609,2. Terengganu (Fatehah Mustapa-Nur Aisyah Mohd Zubir) 36.194,3. Selangor (Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan-Nurqadrina Emylia) 37.144.
Women’s keirin: 1. Fatehah Mustapa (Ter), 2. Anis Amira Rosidi (Per), 3. Jupha Somnet (Per), 4. Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan (Sel), 5. Arni Sanudin (Sab), 6. Nur Aisyah Muhd Zubir (Ter).
Final: Mohd Ridwan Sahrom (Joh) bt Muhd Fariz Haikal Kadir (Ked) 2-0.
Bronze playoff: Ahmad Safwan Nazeri (Prk) bt Wan Nor Akmal (Ter) 2-0.
Men’s omnium: 1. Mohd Faisal Ahmad Joyo (Ter) 165,2. Waldron Chee (Sab) 138,3. Abdul Azim Aliyas (Nse) 125.
Final: Siti Nur Alia Mansor (Ter) bt Chika Cherryca Chia (Sab) 2-1.
Bronze playoff: Nurul Nazirah Rosli (Sel) bt Syarifah Nuraisyah Umairah (Ked) 2-0.
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