Saturday March 9, 2013
Malaysia's national back-up cyclist Irwandie clinches gold in Asian meet
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
PETALING JAYA: Seventeen-year-old Irwandie Lakasek made it a glittering opening day for Malaysia in the Asian Cycling Champion-ships when he won the men’s junior scratch event gold medal at the Indira Gandhi Velodrome in New Delhi on Thursday.
Irwandie’s gold was the second for the Malaysian contingent after Muhd Firdaus Mohd Zonis had delivered the first in the 1km time trial.
Irwandie’s gold came after he beat Hong Kong’s Lau Wan Hei and Taiwan’s Li Yi-lin to the finish line.
The Terengganu lad, who is with the national back-up programme in Ipoh, had little trouble completing the 10km race, which saw four non-finishers.
The second day yesterday, however, was a bit muted – with two silvers and a bronze.
Mohd Farid Razali delivered a surprise bronze medal in the men’s junior individual pursuit after beating Cho Hyun-jun of South Korea.
The 18-year-old Farid stopped the clock in 3:34.701, surpassing the mark to qualify for the national elite training which was set at 3:35.00.
The men’s team sprint combo of Mohd Edrus Yunos, Mohd Fattah Amri Zaid and Muhd Arfy Qhairant Amran settled for silver after losing to China in the final. China clocked 46.576 while the Malaysian trio were timed at 47.163.
The men’s junior team sprint trio of Muhd Firdaus, Shah Firdaus Shahrom and Asyraf Naim Ying also settled for the silver medal, clocking 48.335 in the final. South Korea grabbed the gold medal in 48.275.