JAKARTA: Riding in three events, Fatehah Mustapa was close to exhaustion but still found enough in her tank to bag two gold medals as Malaysia celebrated a four-gold haul on the final day of the track cycling yesterday.
Fatehah grabbed the individual sprint gold before adding another in the team sprint with Ju Pha Som Net.
But Fatehah first had to ride in the 5km scratch race, which was postponed from Sunday due to bad weather. She, however, could only finish sixth – no thanks to a puncture.
Fatehah then picked herself up for the individual sprint final against Apryl Eppinger of the Philippines, winning the first race before rain forced the proceedings to be halted.
But nothing was going to stop Fatehah, who had won the 500m individual time trial on Saturday, from capturing her third gold of the Games. She continued from where she left on against Eppinger in the afternoon, winning 2-0 for the gold medal.
She then rushed to get ready for the team sprint event. Fatehah-Ju Pha managed to outsprint the Thai duo of Chanakan Sricha-Jutatip Maneephan for the gold before Fatehah collapsed immediately after the race.
“I was just burnt out after two intense back-to-back races. My legs just froze with cramps,” she said.
“I gave it my all in the two races … I had nothing left in the tank after that.”