Fatehah Out To Claim Her First World Cup Gold Medal

It was the second year she made it to the top of the podium as she took silver in keirin behind reigning London Olympic bronze medallist Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong and bronze with a new national record in the 500m time trial. Fatehah said the success in the sprint discipline made up for losing the keirin title which she won in Kuala Lumpur last year.

“I did not expect this and I am surprised actually. It is a blessing for me as I was not fully fit. I injured my lower back just before the world meet and I am still bothered by it,” said Fatehah, who celebrated her 23rd birthday on Tuesday.

Fatehah added she intends to race in the local and international Grand Prixs as the Olympic qualifying period for Brazil in 2016 has already started.

“We need to collect points to qualify for another Olympics. The World Cup legs will be important for us and I hope to win one. I have made it to the final before but never won,” said Fatehah, who made the World Championships final for keirin in Holland in 2011.

Fatehah, who was also the first Malaysian woman cyclist to ride at the Olympics in London last year, will return home to Melbourne by the end of this month.

Malaysia have collected seven golds, three silvers and seven bronzes to currently lie second to South Korea (12-7-7) in the medal standings at the end of track competitions.

The other gold medals came from Josiah Ng (men’s elite keirin and sprint), Muhd Firdaus Mohd Zonis (men’s junior sprint, keirin and 1km time trial) and Irwandie Lakasek (men’s junior 1km time trial).

*Sumber Dari The Star

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