NEIGHBOURS Singapore were celebrating with two medals on the first day of the road cycling competition in Tagaytay City, thanks to former Malaysian cyclist and now coach Rizal Tisin.
Luo Yiwei claimed silver in the women’s individual time trial event behind Filipino Prado Jermyn in the morning.
There was more joy for the cycling minnows as Goh Choon Huat, who rides for Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG), contributed bronze in the men’s individual time trial competition in the afternoon.
It is the hard work behind the scene that has enabled Singapore to taste success in road cycling as Malaysian cyclists finished out of the medals yesterday.
Afiq Huznie Othman could only finish 11th while Misbah Muhsin did not finished.
Rizal was appointed the coach for Singapore road and track cycling team last year.
“I can see a lot of potential in the Singaporean cyclists as they were already producing medals at the last SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2017 with Calvin Sim winning the the men’s omnium event, ” said Rizal.
“They achieved results as a small contingent even though there is no velodrome there. What they need is more races, more experience, ” added the Selangor-born coach.
The 34-year-old Rizal was the first medal winner for Malaysia when he claimed bronze in the men’s 1km time trial at the 2009 World Track Cycling Championships in Poland.
Prior to the Singapore stint, Rizal coached Malaysia for the past four years and has trained cyclists such Jupha Somnet and Nurul Suhada Zainal, who both won medals in previous SEA Games.
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