Malaysia fin­ish third over­all in Track Asia Cup in New Delhi

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY FADHLI ISHAK fadhli.ishak@nst.com.my

TRACK cy­clists Fadhil Zo­nis and Khairil Nizam Ra­sol lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions as they de­liv­ered gold medals in the Track Asia Cup in New Delhi, which ended yes­ter­day.

Fadhil, who won the 1km time trial gold ear­lier in the com­pe­ti­tion, added the men’s keirin ti­tle to his per­sonal haul, edg­ing Ran­jit Singh of In­dia to the fin­ish line in the de­cider.

Khairil came in third in the fi­nal at the Indira Gandhi Velo­drome.

The sprint fi­nal was an all-Malaysian af­fair which saw Khairil over­com­ing Fadhil 2-0.

Khairil de­feated In­dia’s Sahil Ku­mar while Fadhil over­came Ran­jit with iden­ti­cal 2-0 wins in the semi-fi­nals.

Na­tional coach Ju­naidi Nasir was pleased with his charges’ per­for­mances.

“We wanted to col­lect as many rank­ing points as pos­si­ble here as we are try­ing to qual­ify for the UCI World Cup se­ries which starts next month,” said Ju­naidi.

“Khairil and Fadhil both did as they were ex­pected to do. It has been a good out­ing for us here.”

The duo, who are both un­der the Sime Darby Foun­da­tion’s track pro­gramme, were the only Malaysian rid­ers com­pet­ing in Delhi.

Malaysia fin­ished third over­all in the com­pe­ti­tion, with a haul of three gold, one sil­ver and one bronze.

The World Cup sea­son starts with the open­ing leg in Pruszkow, Poland on Nov 3-5.

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