No going downhill as Saniy rides to a double

Rough and tough: Terengganu’s Saniy Syahmi Mohd Safiee in action in the men’s downhill final. — Bernama

IT will be a Malaysia Games (Sukma) outing to remember for Terengganu rider Saniy Syahmi Mohd Safiee as he achieved a rare feat of winning gold medals in two cycling disciplines.

The 21-year-old won the men’s downhill contest at Taman Cabaran in Putrajaya yesterday when he clocked 1’23:342 to stun teammate Amer Akbar Anuar (1’25:168). Sarawak’s Yohannes Larenza Meahian took bronze with 1’29:695.

Saniy, who had won the BMX individual gold medal on Sunday, was happy to sweep a double in his last Sukma.

“I’ve not taken part in the mountain bike downhill events for the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Saniy.

“At the last national championships in July, I fell and missed out on the podium, so the outing here is a redemption for me. I had won the BMX race and this second gold is something I didn’t expect.

Terengganu also swept the women’s downhill gold medal through Eddyna Nasuhar Zainal Abidin (1’32:848).

Selangor’s Siti Natasha Mohd Basri picked up the silver (1’38:707) ahead of Nia Vanessa Suhana Zaidi of Pahang, who clinched the bronze medal (1’40:367).

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