Thursday, December 13, 2007

Josiah, Men's Team Gold In Cycling Cap A Fruitful Day

KORAT, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- Keirin specialist Josiah Ng won his first SEA Games gold medal after leading a Malaysian 1-2 finish in the men's Individual Sprint while the men's team captured the Team Pursuit gold at the King's Anniversary Sports Complex Velodrome here Wednesday.

Only the women's Sprint gold eluded the Malaysian contingent on day where cycling offered three gold medals, after Fateha Mustapa finished with a bronze.

Josiah who finished fifth in the Keirin event at the Athens Olympics in 2004, beat Mohd Azizulhasni Awang over the two laps to clock times of 11.492s and 11.335s for the gold.

In the men's Team Pursuit, the Malaysian quartet of Mohd Jasmin Ruslan, Amir Mustafa Rusli, Mohammad Akmal Amrun and Mohd Hanif Saleh clocked four minutes 27.919 seconds for the gold, beating Thailand who set 4:35.299s.

"This was our fourth gold and Josiah's first in the SEA Games as he did not compete in the 2005 Manila SEA Games," said cycling team manager Yunus Ibrahim today.

Mohd Rizal Tisin gave cycling's first gold from the men's 1km Time Trial while the second came from the men's Team Sprint.

As the track events came to a close at the Velodrome today, cycling events will continue outdoors when the road race events for the men and women's Mass start begin.

The men's Road race will comprise of 160.30km while the women's distance for the same race will be 116.10km.

Malaysia won the men's Road race in Manila through Suhardi Hassan and will be hoping for a similar feat.


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