PETALING JAYA: Azizulhasni Awang earned a timely boost ahead of next month’s Indonesia Asian Games after pocketing the sprint gold medal in the China Track Cup 1 in Taiyuan.
Azizul beat China’s Xu Chao in two heats in the men’s elite sprint final at Taiyuan Velodrome on Wednesday (July 25) evening.
There were more cheers when teammate Muhd Shah Firdaus Sahrom took the bronze for Malaysia after coming from behind to beat Kazakhstan cyclist Pavel Vorzhev in three heats.
It was the first golden triumph on foreign soil for the 30-year-old Azizul since his keirin win at the Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong last year.
Shah Firdaus was third fastest with 9.912 ahead of China’s Bi Wenjun (9.942) and Vorzhev (9.995).
Mohd Fadhil Zonis was the third Malaysian to dip under 10 seconds, placing sixth (9.997).
Fadhil finished ninth overall in the sprint after he was eliminated in the second round of the knockout stages.
Source: The Star