PETALING JAYA: National cyclist Mohd Fadhil Zonis did not win a medal but he still made it a memorable outing at the Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin after erasing the long-standing men’s 1km time trial national record.
The 20-year-old blazed the track in 1:00.305, smashing the previous national record of 1:01.658 held by Rizal Tisin since 2009.
It was at the 2009 edition of the world championships held in Poland when Rizal set the record in taking bronze in the event. It was the first time a Malaysian cyclist had made the podium at the world meet.
Fadhil’s effort was the seventh fastest time in qualifying and he was the only Asian cyclist to reach the final.
In the final, Fadhil was unable to clock a better time as he placed eighth with 1:00.895 but still ended up the only Malaysian cyclist to breach the 1:01 barrier twice.
Holland’s Sam Ligtlee emerged victorious with 59.495 while French duo Quentin Lafargue (59.749) and Michael D’Almeida (1:00.103) completed the podium.
Fadhil was over the moon after breaking the 11-year old record.
“The track was fast and I knew I had a chance to break Rizal’s national record after coming close at the Asian Cycling Championships last year, ” said Fadhil.
“I am happy to achieve this objective I set out for this year, ” said the Selangor-born rider, who took silver with 1:01.815 in the 1km time trial at the Asian meet last year.
The 1km time trial is no longer an Olympic event but is still contested at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
Fadhil trains in Melbourne alongside Azizulhasni Awang and Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom. The trio rode to a silver in the men’s team sprint at the Asian Games in Indonesia two years ago.
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