KUALA LUMPUR: Young cyclist Mohd Hafiz Mohd Sufian was floored for almost a month after a collision during a race in July.
But the 20-year-old, hailed as the countrys 1km time trial specialist, is back on his feet and eager to win his first medal at the Asian Cycling Championships starting today at the Kuala Lumpur Velodrome.
Based on his past achievements and determination, the youngster may be able to pull off the feat for Malaysia.
I took part in the Asia Cup in Ipoh in July. I collided with another rider (Japanese Tashiaki Fushimi) during the 200m sprint event. I had a splinter in my shoulder and bruises all over, said Hafiz.
Prior to that fall, Hafiz had won a gold in the 1km time trial.
Despite the injury, I returned to Melbourne after two weeks. Some of the cyclists have been based there for the last four months. The preparation towards this Asian meet could have been better but I am ready for the challenge, he said.
Besides his pet event, Hafiz will also compete in the individual and team sprint team events.
In the sprint events, Malaysian hopes will also rest on Junaidi Mohd Nasir, Mohd Faizal Mohd Noh and Rizal Tisin.
In the womens competition, all hopes will be on Selangors cycling darling Urraca Leow to win honours for the country. Another representative Nor Azian Alias may not see action due to injury.
The track races will end on Sept 12. The road races will be held from Sept 14-16.