Junior cyclist places second in Asian meet

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Mohd Adiq Husainie Othman rode consistently to win the silver medal in the men’s junior road race of the Asian cycling championships in Samarinda, Indonesia, yesterday.

The 10km scratch race bronze medallist at the World Juniors in Moscow last week, Adiq kept up with the pace in the 130km event to rake in the first medal for Malaysia in the junior ranks of the championships.

Kazakhstan’s Armen Kamsyhev made a daring breakaway 15km from the finish on an uphill climb and went on to secure the gold in 3’23:13. The 18-year-old Adiq finished 1:36 seconds behind and Japanese Kyosuke Kasahara took the bronze.

Another Malaysian, Mohd Khairul Aziz Abdullah, led the early stages but gave up because of cramps.

Although Adiq was happy to become the first-ever Malaysian medal winner in the junior road race of the championship series, the Terengganu lad felt that he could have done better.

“This is my last year in the junior ranks and I’m a little bit disappointed with the finishing.

“I thought I could catch the Kazakhstan rider but he was too strong. I also needed to conserve some energy as I had the men’s 16km points race at the track in the evening (he finished fourth),” he said.

Malaysia ended the second day of junior track competitions at the Tenggarong Velodrome with two bronze medals — from the men’s sprint and keirin events.

The men’s team sprint trio of Mohd Fattah Amri Zaid, Mohd Farhan Amri Zaid and Mohd Fakharuddin Dawod clocked 50.807 to beat Iran, who managed 51.116.

South Korea secured the gold in 48.967 and Japan settled for second place on 50.114.

Farhan claimed a second medal when he was promoted to third place in the keirin final after fellow Malaysian Fakharuddin was relegated to sixth for a technical infringement.

South Korea underlined their prowess in junior sprinting with a 1-2 finish through Son Gyeong-su and Kim Hee-jun respectively.

Malaysia’s medal tally in the championships thus far stands at 2-3-4 with two days of junior track competitions remaining.

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