Malaysia make a clean sweep of all 12 gold medals offered in track cycling

NILAI: Host Malaysia set an unprecedented record of making a clean sweep of all 12 gold medals offered in track cycling at the 9th Asean Para Games (APG) when track cycling events ended at the National Velodrome, here today.

After making a clean sweep of all seven gold medals at stake yesterday, Malaysian cyclists kept the winning momentum going strongly by making a clean sweep of all five gold medals at stake today, thus surpassing the 10-gold target set by the Malaysian contingent.

The first golden ride today belonged to Nur Azlia Syafinaz Mohd Zais, 19, who clocked 4 minutes 04.633 seconds to beat Singapore's Emily Lee (4:25.184s) for her third gold medal in the games with her guide Nuraudillina Adila J.Sam.

The second gold came from Muhammad Amin Najmi Romzi from the men's (B) 4km Individual pursuit with his guide Muhammad Firdaus Mohd Zonis after setting a time of 4:55.501s to beat Muhammad Afiq Afify Rizan in a 1-2 finish for Malaysia.

Shukor Farhan Suliman came on the track to contribute the third gold medal from the men's 3km Individual pursuit (C1, C2, C3) after leading a clean sweep of the top three places after clocking 4:06.204s ahead of Muhd Nabil Rosli and Nur Faizah Aziz who set times of 4:48.871s and 4:57.898s respectively.

Mohd Najib Turano swept the men’s (C4) 4km individual pursuit gold with a time of 5:10.010s, beating Indonesia's Muhammad Fadlu Immamuddin who managed 5:20.106s for the silver.

Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi added the icing on the cake for the Malaysian cycling team by winning the final race competed in track cycling with a time of 5:06.968s in the men's (C5) Individual pursuit ahead of Arthus Eustaquio Bucay from the Philippines who clocked 5:15.574s.

With track cycling events coming to a close, all eyes would be on road race events held on Sept 20 and 21 at Dataran Putrajaya, offering 12 gold medals.

Malaysia have targetted four gold medals from road race. — Bernama