Cyclist ‘on trial’

Full of potential: Mohd Fadhil Zonis is the youngest member of the men’s elite track squad and is already the Asian Games silver medal winner.

PETALING JAYA: Track cyclist Mohd Fadhil Zonis is Asia’s fastest cyclist in the 1km time trial event but he hopes he won’t be remembered just for that.

The 1km time trial specialist wants to be good in the sprint and keirin disciplines as well.

The sprint, keirin and 1km time trial make up all three disciplines within the sprint category in track cycling.

The 23-year-old is the youngest member of the men’s elite track squad and is already the Asian Games silver medal winner.

Fadhil anchored the sprint trio of Azizulhasni Awang and Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom to take a first-ever silver behind Japan at the last Asian Games in Indonesia in 2018.

Fadhil said he is keen to develop the other disciplines apart from the 1km time trial.

He smashed both the 1km time trial national and Asian records by clocking 1:00.305 at the Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin last year.

Fadhil improved on the national record of 1:01.658 set by Rizal Tisin in Poland back in 2009.

Rizal set the record en route to winning bronze - the first ever world championships cycling medal for Malaysia.

“Some training blocks are the same as the sprint and keirin but there are differences for the 1km time trial.

“The event focuses on endurance compared to sprint and keirin.

“At the moment, Azizulhasni and Shah Firdaus are better than I am in the sprint and keirin, so I have been focusing on the 1km time trial.

“However, I am still young and I want to be prepared for all three events.

“It all depends on what national coach John Beasley wants me to do. If he wants me to focus on a specific programme, then I will do it.

“I have also taken the initiative to watch training and racing videos in recent times to brush up on my tactical skills in the sprint and keirin, ” said Fadhil who, like many athletes, has to patiently wait out the movement control order (MCO) in place in West Malaysia.

He was supposed to join Azizul and Shah Firdaus to train in Melbourne but was stuck in Kuala Lumpur as he could not get his visa renewed before the MCO came into effect last March.

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