M'sian cyclists end Asian meet on a high


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia ended their Asian cycling championships outing with a surprise bronze medal through the partnership of Mohd Adiq Husainie Othman and Mohd Zulhilmie Afif Zamri in the men’s junior madison at the Tenggarong Velodrome in Samarinda, Indonesia, yesterday.

This was the first time Malaysia had competed in the 30km track discipline at the international level.

(Madison is an event lasting about one hour among teams comprising two or three riders. The riders can relieve each other and points are earned through sprint finishes.)

For Adiq, it was his third individual medal at the Asian meet and yesterday’s performance placed him as the most successful Malaysian in the junior ranks.

The 18-year-old who, like current track sensation Azizul Hasni Awang, also hails from Terengganu, had clinched a silver in the 130km individual road race and finished with a bronze in the 10km scratch final.

Adiq, who emerged as Malaysia’s first-ever medal winner in the World Junior Championships in Moscow last week, may have even ended up with a gold had he not been entered for so many endurance events over the first three days of competition.

Adiq also finished 12th in the individual road time trial and was fourth in the 24km points race.

Team manager Ashakari Mohd Noor said the bronze medal was unexpected as it was the first time Malaysia took part in the madison.

“The madison has never been a focus in the cycling development programme but we are trying out the combination at the Asian championships,” said Ashakari.

“Adiq and Zulhilmie were supposed to ride the madison in the world junior meet in Moscow last week. However, Adiq had just recovered from food poisoning and was not in the best of conditions. He had to do other events and we did not start.”

Fakhruddin Daud, the son of 1970 Asian Games gold medallist Daud Ibrahim, missed out on a medal for Malaysia when he finished fourth in the men’s junior 1km time trial.

Fakhruddin clocked 1:12.303 while South Korean Son Gyeong-su took his third gold medal with a time of 1:07.207 after four laps at the 250m concrete track.

Malaysia’s total tally from both the senior and junior competitions stands at 2-3-6.

Both gold medals came from the seniors. The trio of Azizul, Mohd Edrus Yunus and Rizal Tisin claimed Malaysia’s first-ever Asian championships gold medal in the men’s team sprint last Friday before Azizul successfully defended his 200m sprint title two days later.

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