PETALING JAYA: Track cyclist Anis Amira Rosidi (pic) continues to show progress when she achieved her best finish in the sprint at the UCI Track Nations Cup in Cali, Colombia.
Anis did not go far when she was stopped in two heats by Canadian Sarah Orban in the women’s sprint quarter-finals at the Alcides Nieto Patino Velodrome on Friday but coach John Beasley is happy with her momentum in the meet.
The Canadian went on to take bronze after beating Yuli Verdugo Osuna of Mexico in two heats while Martha Bayona Pineda earned cheers for the hosts by beating Mathilde Gros of France in two final heats.
Anis had defeated Poland’s Marlena Karwacka in the last 16 and clocked the sixth fastest time of 11.110 in qualifying earlier.
She will compete in the 500m time trial today and has a shot at making the Track Nations Cup podium if she can better her season best of 35.493.
Anis clocked the time when she took bronze at the Track Nations Cup leg in Hong Kong in May.
Anis and Nor Aisyah Munirah Chek Ramli are the two Malaysians among 12 riders taking part in the 500m time trial.
Beasley believes Anis will get it right in the event.
“With Anis, it is just about keeping her moving forward. We are hoping to see her ride her personal best in Cali,” said Beasley.
“She is in good shape at the moment as we have planned her programme around the world championships later this year.”
In the women’s team sprint, Malaysia’s trio of Nor Aisyah, Nur Aisyah Mohd Zubir and Emylia Nurqadrina Norzali settled for fourth (51.709) after they were beaten by Canada (49.361) in the ride for bronze.
Pineda led the Colombians to the gold (47.969) over Poland (48.634).
Only four teams took part in the team sprint.
In the men’s team sprint, Amar Danial Masri, Mohd Ridwan Sahrom and Ahmad Safwan Ahmad Nazeri finished fifth in qualifying with 45.787.
The trio did not reach the medal rounds after they were knocked out by the Czech Republic in the first round heat.