Sports: Malaysians Azizulhasni and Fatehah ride to golden double at track meet

(From the Star Online)

By Lim Teik Huat

KUALA LUMPUR: Azizulhasni Awang and Fatehah Mustapa completed their double golden act by winning the keirin finals at the South-East Asia Track Grand Prix I at the Cheras Velodrome.

Azizul, a bronze medallist at the Track World Championships, managed to avoid a crash at the last bend to finish first.

It could have been a 1-2 finish for Malaysia but Muhd Shah Firdaus Sahrom lost the silver as he was held responsible for causing the crash involving Thailand’s Kapunya Worawut and Pongthep Tapimay.

The crash involving two Thai riders during the men's kierin final of the SEA Track Grand Prix I at the Cheras Velodrome on Wednesday. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/ The STAR

The crash involving two Thai riders during the men’s kierin final of the SEA Track Grand Prix I at the Cheras Velodrome on Wednesday. – KAMARUL ARIFFIN/ The STAR

Shah Firdaus was relegated to fifth in the six-man field. Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Fedorov was given silver while Kapunya was awarded the bronze.

Indonesian Rully Ibnu Faroka, who had finished fourth, was disqualified for not following behind the pacer on the first lap.

“I am very lucky today … we were all close to each other. It happened just before I sprinted clear to the finish line,” said Azizul.

“I felt bad for Shah Firdaus as he could not get any Olympic ranking points today. Second place would have got him 30 points. I will try to help him in the second competition this Saturday.

“I hope Shah Firdaus stays calm. It’s all part of the learning process,” said Azizul, who bagged the sprint title on Tuesday.

Shah Firdaus said the handle of his bike came into contact with one of the Thai riders.

“I was trying to find space to go in front and defend my line at the same time.

“The officials later ruled that I caused the incident. I can’t do anything except to look forward to the next race this weekend,” said the 19-year-old, who was promoted to the elite squad early this year. Read more



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