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Cycling - UCI Track World Championships - Men's Keirin, Final - Hong Kong, China – 13/4/17 - Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang celebrates with gold medal. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Azizul is living his dream as a Track Cyclist

Saturday, 15 April 2017 :  Azizulhasni Awang went to sleep with the rainbow jersey (winner’s jersey) and gold medal he won in stunning fashion at the Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong.

The pint-sized “Pocket Rocketman” even had enough in the tank to perform a wheelie after storming the last lap to earn the applause of fans watching at the Hong Kong Velodrome on Thursday night.

“I did not want to wake up from this dream. Since 2007, when I first stepped into the elite level, I’ve been chasing for this.

I’ve ended up with the bronze and silver twice … and even lost only by millimetres, but I never gave up.

I believed that if I kept working hard and believing in myself, my time will come.

Every day, during the training session, I would push the boundaries hard.

When I first started, people said that I would not be successful in the sport because of my size.

I know I’m racing against giants … big, po­­werful guys out there. But in this battle I showed what it’s like in David versus Goliath.

I believe that if you want something, there is always a way to get it.

You just have to work it out and never give up … and I did that.

I also prayed to Allah everyday to grant me this victory.

I believe that He listened to my call. And this time, Hong Kong is the witness of this history.

Finally, my goal to become a world cham­pion has become a reality.

I slept with the rainbow jersey (given to the winner) and I’m going to wear this on the way back to Malaysia.

I have achieved one of my dreams – to win the world championships – but I’m not contented.

I hope to achieve another dream before I retire from track cycling.

I went for gold in (the) Rio de Janeiro (Olympics), but the outcome was not what I wanted.

It will be a good indicator of where I stand in the next Olympics in Tokyo in three years’ time.

I don’t see any reason why I can’t perform well because I saw the progress I made in Rio.

I want to bring back the country’s first Olympic gold medal.

It is important for me to plan my preparations and be in the strongest shape when I go to Tokyo in 2020.

I will take a short break after this, but I plan to increase my muscle mass when I return to training and get ready for the start of the new season later this year.

My weight is 69.5kg, I hope to add another one or two kilogramme each year.

It’s not easy as we are talking about putting on lean muscle … but the difference can be seen in being able to churn out more power in my ride.

At the Asian Cycling Championships in New Delhi, India, in February, I was aiming to win the keirin gold medal but I did not do well because I was not familiar with the new change of rules.

My tactics were wrong but, condition-wise, I was strong and I managed to win the sprint title after that.

Deep in my heart, I knew I could pull it off when I came here (Hong Kong). My legs felt awesome going into the final and I gave everything I got to power to the finish line.

I am so touched to receive so many congra­tulatory messages from Malaysians on my Facebook page.

Thanks to the team and everyone as without their support and prayers, I would not have been able to achieve this.

This has motivated me to work harder to achieve my second dream.”

Source : Internet

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