Josiah eyes the keirin final at world meet


KUALA LUMPUR: Top national cyclist Josiah Ng has made the Track World Championships in Mallorca from March 29-April 1 as his top priority for the year but he has only set an initial target of reaching the keirin final. 

Josiah, a silver medallist in the Doha Asian Games last month, has singled out Dutchman Theo Bos as the man to beat in the world championships. 

“Everyone is just saying that they should just give Theo the gold medal. Undoubtedly, Theo, who is the current world record holder for the 200m sprint, is the favourite,” said Josiah. 

“I am in the chasing group but I don't think I am too far away from Theo. I will be working on a few things in the next two months to further reduce the gap.” 

Josiah will be focusing on improving his speed in his final build-up. 

“After Doha, I took a break and came back to training earlier this month. I started out with power training and now I am moving into the speed training phase,” said the 26-year-old Josiah. 

“My coach (John Beasley) will be arriving in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow (Monday) and we will be heading to Melbourne on Tuesday. 

“I have two more build-up competitions before Mallorca. I will be competing in the Australian national championships in two weeks' time and the fourth leg of the Track World Cup in Manchester from Feb 23-25. 

“The Track World Cup is no longer a priority for me since I won the title last year for the 2005-2006 season. The top priority for me this year is the world championships. 

“The third leg of the World Cup last week in Los Angeles was used to test my power capability. I came out 10th. 

“I also intend to use the meet in Manchester to train for the world championships. I will be checking speed improvements in Manchester. I have decided to base myself close to Mallorca to reduce the hassle of travelling. I will be in Valencia for three weeks after Manchester for my final preparations.” 

Yesterday, Josiah was involved in a fund raising campaign with his sponsors, FedEx, for the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB). 

Josiah helped raise RM19,500 to help the MAB buy a Braille embosser for the printing of text books and other literature for 850 visually impaired children in 33 schools in Malaysia. He also did a 10-minute bicycle workshop for children after the fund raising campaign. 

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