Friday,Feb.10 – After coming up short in his pet keirin event, Azizulhasni Awang is looking to make a quick rebound in the sprint at the Asian Cycling Championships in New Delhi, India.
The Rio Olympic bronze medallist rider missed out on the final after finishing fourth in the semi-final.
Azizul eventually ended up ninth overall as his younger team-mate Muhd Shah Firdaus Sahrom went on to claim the bronze – his first individual medal in the Asian meet.
Yuta Wakimoto took gold and Kazunari Watanabe made it a one-two sweep for Japan by nicking the silver in a tight finish at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
Azizul is determined to do better when the qualifying rounds of the sprint takes place today.
The 29-year-old won bronze in the sprint at last year’s Asian meet in Japan.
“Obviously it was a really good lesson for me this time and I will use this to fine tune my game plan for the next race.
“Well, one bad chapter doesn’t mean end of story and I will definitely bounce back in the sprint.
“It really was unfortunate to finish ninth. Earlier, I won my first round heat easily to make the semis.
“I had really good legs during the semis but my game plan was terrible.
“On the last lap, I was second behind Watanabe and I would be happy to finish in that position as the best three riders to enter the final.
“Unfortunately, two Taiwanese sandwiched me right before the finish line which dropped me to fourth.”
Azizul congratulated 21-year-old Shah Firdaus for saving the day for Malaysia.
“It was a really good achievement from him and I’m so proud that he finished on the podium.”
Source : Internet