Tuesday July 10, 2012
Ummi rides away with second gold
WITH two gold medals in her hands, track cyclist Ummi Hamimah Mohd is certainly on the right track ahead of the Junior Track World Championships in New Zealand next month.
The pint-sized Terengganu rider bagged the 500m time trial gold medal in Temerloh yesterday – her second after winning the 200m sprint on Sunday.
Ummi stopped the clock at 39.642 seconds to beat Selangor’s Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan (40.309). Pre-race favourite and defending champion Ju Pha Som Net of Perlis (40.407) settled for the bronze.
It was the first time Ummi has dipped below the 40-second mark, despite not racing on the velodrome.
“Winning two gold medals has certainly boosted my confidence ahead of the world meet,” said Ummi.
“I won’t say that I’m ready to take the fight to New Zealand, but it does give me a good feeling for the meet.”
Ummi said she is sharpening her competitive edge ahead of the world meet and will head back to Melbourne for training on July19.
“Much of the tactics in the sprint race are given by the coach but now I have learned to make my own decisions. The training in Melbourne has really made me a better track cyclist and I’m looking forward to the New Zealand meet,” she said.
Meanwhile, Malek Marcus McCrone of Selangor edged Mohd Harif Murlis of Terengganu to grab the gold medal in the men’s 1km time trial yesterday.
Malek, who dished out a jaded performance to finish fourth in the 200m sprint on Sunday, rode superbly to win in 1:10.929. Harif took home the silver with a 1:11.110 ride. Selangor’s Hamdan Hamidun (1:11.368) took the bronze.
“I was really looking forward to winning this event as I will concentrate on it at the Junior World Track Championships,” said the18-year-old Malek, who will also return to Melbourne with Ummi.
“Five months ago, I wouldn’t even be on the podium. The hard training in Melbourne has changed me, mentally and physically.”