A Delightful Double

McCulloch, who partnered the legendary Anna Meares to take bronze in team sprint at the London Olympics last year, did not compete in the first leg at the same venue last weekend. “She came here after competing in the keirin school in Japan and is probably tired. I, on the other hand, has been training consistently for the last few months and it is maybe my day today.

“I met her twice before in sprint races but lost. “Beating her in two heats is a boost to my preparations and confidence ahead of the German Grand Prix in Cottbus later this month. “The German meet offers more ranking points for qualification to the World Cup Classics and I hope to do well there,” said Fatehah, the Asian championships gold medallist, who will compete in team sprint and keirin today.

Also hoping for a storming end today is Asian championships triple gold medallist Firdaus. The 17-year-old was impressive in avenging his defeat in the first leg last weekend to fellow national back-up team-mate Muhd Shah Sahrom in the sprint by winning in two heats also. Firdaus, who took the 1km time trial title on Friday, has a shot at making it four golds when he races in keirin and team sprint today.

Today also promises an interesting confrontation with top Malaysian cyclists Azizulhasni Awang and Josiah Ng taking on the Aussie trio of Shane Perkins, Scott Sunderland and Peter Lewis in the men’s elite keirin. Perkins is the 2011 world champion in keirin and he came out tops in the sprint yesterday, beating Lewis in two heats.

Elite points race: 1. Seyed Moezeddin (Irn) 75, 2. Hamid Beik Khormizi (Irn) 62, 3. Seyed Mosrafa Seyedrezaei (Irn) 52.
Elite sprint: 1. Shane Perkins (Aus), 2. Peter Lewis (Aus), 3. Scott Sunderland (Aus).
Junior sprint: 1. Muhd Firdaus Mohd Zonis (Pelapis), 2. Muhd Shah Sahrom (Pelapis), 3. Muhd Khairul Rasol (Joh).

Elite sprint: 1. Fatehah Mustapa (Mas), 2. Kaarle McCulloch (Aus), 3. Ummi Hamimah (Mas).

*Sumber dari The Star


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