WHAT THE FORMER CYCLISTS SAY




Datuk Ng Joo Ngan (former Asian Games champion, national coach)

"Azizulhasni got his strategy right but he was just unlucky. The fact that the Australian rider (Matthew Glaetzer) allowed Jason Kenny to take such a huge gap and not pursue it affected the plans of Azizulhasni and Harrie Lavresyen. If the gap was closer, I believe our hero could have gone for the gold. Azizulhasni is 33. In three years, he would be 36. I believe he can go for Paris 2024 because he has the strength and endurance."



M. Kumaresan (former Olympian)

"Azizul was running in good form going into the final and I thought this was the moment we are going to see an Olympics cycling champion from Malaysia. Azizul did everything right today and it was a risky situation as he had to stay in the line as long as the Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer did not move. By then, the British cyclist Jason Kenny was way ahead. No matter what, Azizul is still a national hero for what he has done for Malaysian cycling. We used to be in awe of the European cyclists but Azizul has shown what he can do if one has the commitment, mental strength and perseverance."



Josiah Ng (former Olympian finalist)

"It was an incredible final. The depth of the field and the amount of horsepower from the semis was just amazing. But the mistake was to let Jason Kenny go too far ahead. Everyone is looking to blame someone but I think the British cyclist took one huge gamble and it paid off. I woke up early and was hoping for Malaysia to witness an Olympic champion today. It did not happen but we came close.

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