SHAH, THE NEXT

Cy­clist aims to step out of Az­izul’s shadow

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY FARAH AZHARIE fara­hazharie@nst.com.my af­ter Az­izul and Josiah Ng when he claimed the bronze medal in men’s keirin at the Track World Cup fi­nal.

At one point, Shah Fir­daus be­came Malaysia’s num­ber one in keirin, re­plac­ing Az­izul af­ter he moved from eighth to fourth with 1,850 points af­ter win­ning the World Cup in Los An­ge­les the month be­fore.

Malaysia’s lead­ing women’s cy­clist is Jupha Som­net, who has pro­duced promis­ing re­sults at the Asian Track Cup in Tai­wan and Japan Track Cup I and II in Shizuoka in the last two months, is all set for a golden out­ing at the KL Sea Games.

In June, the 24-year-old won the women’s scratch cat­e­gory as well as tak­ing home the sil­ver medal in om­nium af­ter de­feat­ing op­po­nents from Japan, Hong Kong and Tai­wan.

The Perlis-born then went on to notch two podium fin­ishes in Japan as she claimed sil­ver, along­side team­mate Grace Phang, be­hind home favourites Nao Suzuki-Yuya Hashimoto in the women’s madi­son.

Jupha and Grace went on to bag a sec­ond sil­ver medal in madi­son af­ter they were de­feated by the same pair yet again.

Jupha, who missed out on qual­i­fy­ing for the om­nium at the Rio Olympics 2016 where she was ranked fifth, is show­ing pos­i­tive signs for Malaysia with less than three weeks to go.

The 2015 Sea Games bronze medal­list is the only ath­lete to have been listed for both track and road as she is set to com­pete in road race, cri­terium and om­nium which com­prise six events: the 250m fly­ing start time trial, elim­i­na­tion race, 10km points race, 500m time trial, 5km scratch race and the in­di­vid­ual pur­suit.

Jupha Som­net has de­liv­ered promis­ing re­sults re­cently.

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