Monday, 28 August 2017 : Good day for the Malaysian track cycling team who hauled three out of the four gold medals at stake on the first day of the SEA Games track competition at the National Velodrome in Nilai on Sunday (27 Aug).
Malaysian duo Fatehah Mustapa and Farina Shawati Adnan lived up to expectation when they delivered the gold in the women’s team sprint, wrapping up the race with a time of 34.671s. They brushed aside Indonesian duo who touched the finishing line ith a time of 35.211s.
The Thais who recorded a time of 36.213s walked away with a bronze.
Fatehah when met after the race said that it was a good start for her at the 2017 SEA Games which will served as a booster to perform well in her next three event.
“I want to be the first women cyclist to win all the four event I take part at the Games.
“The win today will motivate me to perfrom better after this. I want to win four gold medals,” said Fatehah.
The 28 year-old cyclist have three more event in store namely the individual sprint keirin as well as 500 meter sprint.
At the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Fatehah delivered three gold medal for Malaysia in the track event.
Meanwhile, the men’s sprint team ended a 10-year wait when they put up a strong performance to win the gold for Malaysia in the event.
The last time Malaysian cyclist won the event was at the 2007 Games in Korat, Thailand through Azizulhasni Awang, Junaidi Mohamad Nasir and Muhammad Edrus Md. Nasir.
On Sunday, the gold for the event was delivered by national up coming star in Mohd. Shariz Efendi Mohd. Shahrin, Mohd. Fadhil Mohd. Zonis
and Mohd. Khairil Nizam Rasol.
They wrapped up the race with a fastest time of 44.776s, which was enough to beat the Thais who settled with a silver medal.
The bronze went to Indonesia.
It was Malaysia’s third gold medal for the day in the opening day of the track event with the first delivered by Irwandi Lakasek in the sratch race earlier on Sunday afternoon.
Jupha Somnet only manged to win a bronze in the women’s omnium final.
Source : Internet