PETALING JAYA: Mohd Fadhil Zonis will take a shot at cracking the long standing men’s 1km time trial national record at the Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin from Feb 27-March 1.
Malaysia earned a quota slot at the world meet and the 20-year-old has been picked for the event, which is no longer an Olympic event but is still contested at the Commonwealth Games.
Fadhil wants to try for Rizal Tisin’s national record of 1:01.658. Rizal set the record when he took bronze in the 2009 edition of the world meet in Poland.
It was the first time a Malaysian cyclist made the podium at the world meet.
Fadhil joins Azizulhasni Awang and Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom as the qualifiers for the world meet this year.
Azizul will compete in the individual keirin and sprint while Shah Firdaus will only race in the sprint.
“My teammates will be chasing Olympic qualifying points while I will be in the 1km time trial, chasing the national record.
“I have been training for this event for the last few weeks and hopefully, I can be up to speed at the world championships. My target is to break Rizal’s national record, ” said Fadhil, who bagged silver in the same event at the Asian Cycling Championships in Jincheon, South Korea last year.
He is only the second Malaysian cyclist to dip below the 1:02 benchmark after posting 1:01.815 in Jincheon.
“It is the oldest existing national record for track cycling. I came close at the Asian championships and I believe the track in Berlin will be fast too, ” said the Indonesia Asian Games silver medallist, who is based in Melbourne along with Azizul and Shah Firdaus.
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