Keirin world champion, Azizulhasni Awang has secured Malaysia’s targeted 111th gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games in the men’s individual sprint final at National Velodrome in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.
In the Track Cycling race, Azizulhasni beat compatriot Muhamad Shah Firdaus Sahrom to the finish line with a time of 10.186s. Donning the Malaysian skinsuit instead of the rainbow jersey as the world champion, Azizulhasni was confident in reaping the gold medal in front of the home crowd.
“This is a very historical achievement. I delivered the much awaited 111th gold medal. This is a very remarkable achievement because I won the race in front of our enthusiastic crowd. This could be my last SEA Games and I am feeling great to fullfil Malaysia’s 111 gold medal target,” said Azizulhasni after the race.
Also living up to expectations, Fatehah Mustapa won the gold medal in the women’s Sprint final ahead of teammate, Farina Shawati Mohd. Adnan. It was Fatehah’s fifth individual gold at the SEA Games since she made her debut in 2011.
“Next, I will be going for gold in my last two events namely the 500 meters sprint and keirin tomorrow. My target is to win both gold medals in the event,” said Fatehah.
In the men’s individual pursuit final, Malaysian riders made it a one-two finish with Eiman Firdaus Mohd. Zamri taking the gold while Mohd. Nur Aiman Mohd. Zarrif walked away with the silver and Thailand’s Sarawut Sirironachai completing the podium.