Malaysia's trio - Shah Firdaus, Khairul Nizam Rasol and Mohd Shariz Effendi claimed the gold in the men's team Sprint at the ACC Track Asia Cup 2016. (TheStar)

Malaysia’s trio – Shah Firdaus, Khairul Nizam Rasol and Mohd Shariz Effendi claimed the gold in the men’s team Sprint at the ACC Track Asia Cup 2016. (TheStar)

Malaysia’s sterling young talents in Track Cycling lies in the legs of Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom and Anis Amira Rosdi who claimed double victories in the ACC Track Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand recently.

It was an all-Malaysian final as 20-year-old Shah Firdaus beat teammate Mohd Khairil Nizam Rasol for the men’s elite sprint gold medal at the Hua Mak Velodrome. He had earlier defeated 2014 Incheon Asian Games gold medallist Mohammad Daneshvarkhourram of Iran in the semi-finals.

Shah Firdaus had also teamed up with Khairil and Mohd Shariz Effendi Mohd Shahrin to claim the team sprint gold medal ahead of Iran a day earlier. The young talent has been training alongside  Rio Olympic bronze medallist Azizulhasni Awang in Melbourne, and his golden double is proof that he is on the right track to deliver the goods for the nation at next year’s Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

The international track season will start with the first leg of the UCI Track World Cup meet in Glasgow, Scotland, next month.

“I’m happy that I performed up to expectations … thanks to the coaches. It will be a much tougher field there, but winning the Track Asia Cup has given me the confidence to give it a go,” said Shah Firdaus, a double gold medallist for Johor at the Sarawak Sukma in Kuching in July.

The women in the team also chalked their own victories with 18-year-old Anis Amira Rosdi who won both the women’s junior 500m time trial and 2km individual pursuit. Hailing from Perlis, she clocked 39.482 to finish ahead of Taiwan’s Chen Ching-yun (40.045) and Thailand’s Chatklarw Somsa (40.578) in the 500m time trial.

Anis then posted 2:43.455 to clinch gold in the 2km individual pursuit ahead of Kazakhstan’s Veronika Myrxina (2:44.216).

Malaysia bagged a total of five golds, four silvers and one bronze in the three-day meet with Muhd Zawawi Azman winning the men’s Omnium and Sofian Nabil Mohd Bakri taking silver. Other silvers came from Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan (women’s elite 500m time trial) and Muhd Danieal Edy Suhaidee (men’s junior points race).

Source: The Star