Rising talent 21-year-old Shah Firdaus Sahrom has done the country proud despite not getting his bicycle in time when he flew to United States last week.
He had to forgo the sprint event of Track World Cup final round on Saturday due to the absence of the bicycle. Later that day, the bicycle arrived and he went to clinching bronze in the men’s keirin on Sunday.
Ending right behind Colombian Fabian Jernando Puerta Zapata and Canadian Hugo Barrette, Firdaus was thankful that his bicycle arrived just in time.
“I almost became a spectator in Los Angeles. The most unpleasant thing for a cyclist is finding out your bicycle did not arrive together with you.
“Cyclists from other teams were also in the same boat. I was forced to pull out of the men’s sprint event.
The Malaysian can also take pride in beating the likes of 2015 double world champion Francois Pervis of France and Japan’s Kazunari Watanabe, who finished fifth and sixth.
Shah Firdaus’ achievement makes him only the third Malaysian male cyclist to stand on the World Cup podium after Azizulhasni Awang and Josiah Ng.