PUTRAJAYA: Spain-based Ng Yong Li emerged as Malaysian's best performer but there was sheer disappointment on his face after the 173km individual road race - the final event of the Asian Cycling Championships at Putrajaya on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Yong Li’s hopes of competing in the Asian Games by merit was dashed on Saturday yesterday after finishing 20th with a time of 4:13:24.
Only the top three get to make the trip to Doha (Dec 1-15).
On Category A Iran, who dominated the race throughout the 13 laps, bagged the gold through Mehdi Sohrabi with a time of 4:08:27.
Thanks to last minute sprints, Japanese Fukushima Shinichi and Hasanin Omar of Syria managed to overtake three Iranians for the second and third spots respectively.
On Saturday, everything however, went wrong for the Malaysian budding road race star.
Yong Li, who rides for the Under-23 squad of Wurth-Astana, arrived from Madrid only three days ago.
On the eve of the race, he suffered bruises on his leg after a freak accident at the hotel.
He however, may get a last shot at making the cut for the Asiad when he competes in the World Junior Championships in Salzburg, Austria next week.
Individual road race
Senior 173km (13 laps): 1. Mehdi Sohrabi (Iri) 4:08:27, 2. Fukushima Shinichi (Jpn) 4:08:27, 3. Hasanin Omar (Syr) 4:08:27. Selected: 20. Ng Yong Li 4:13:24, 37. Mohd Shahrulneeza Razali 4:25:53, 38. Raziff Jaafar 4:25:53, 42. Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi 4:25:53, 55. Suhardi Hassan 4:25:54, 60. Ahmad Haidar Anuwar 4:25.56.
Junior 53.2km (4 laps): 1. Thatsani Witchana (Tha) 1:29:12, 2. Mariya Slokotovich (Kaz) 1:29:12, 3. Kim Eun-hee (Kor) 1:29:12. Selected: 4. Sulha Sulaiman 1:29:13, 13. Musleha Salim 1:29:16, 17. Fatehah Mustafa 1:30:16, 18. Masziyaton Mohd Radzi 1:30:54, 20. Ruszatulzanariah Mohd Yusof 1:34.06. (Note - Nurul Norizawati Mohd Sharif was one of the four cyclists eliminated from the race for taking a shortcut and not completign the full race course).