Junior cyclist settles for bronze in 10km scratch final

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Mohd Adiq Husainie Othman battled his way to a second medal in the junior category of the Asian cycling championships at the Tenggarong Velodrome in Samarinda, Indonesia, last night.

In the men’s 10km scratch final won by Hong Kong’s Cheung King Lok, who was the gold medallist in the individual road time trial two days ago, Adiq finished behind Japan’s Kyosuke Kasahara.

There was much hope on Adiq delivering gold after his historic bronze medal-winning effort in the same event at the World Juniors in Moscow last week.

However, the effects of a gruelling schedule took its toll on the 18-year-old from Kemaman.

Adiq had earlier fulfilled his obligations as part of the Malaysian combination who were placed fifth in the 3km team pursuit to just miss out on the medal rounds.

The tight schedule forced Adiq to withdraw from the 3km individual pursuit, which was also held yesterday.

“I did not race in the individual pursuit to focus my challenge on the scratch final. I was aiming for gold but the Hong Kong rider was too strong. “But I believe that I could have done better if I did not race too many events.”

On Tuesday, Adiq took silver in the individual road race. He was at the track at night and finished fourth in the 24km points race.

The medal won by Adiq yesterday was the only one for Malaysia as Mohd Fattah Amri Zaid was beaten in the ride for the men’s 200m sprint bronze.

The Malaysian junior cyclists will be making a final bid for gold today as Mohd Fakharuddin Daud, the son of 1970 Asian Games gold medallist Ibrahim Daud, will start the 1km time trial while Adiq will join forces with Zulhilmi Afif Zamri to carry the country’s challenge in Madison.

Malaysia’s total tally from both the senior and junior competitions with one day of the championships remaining stands at 2-3-5.

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