Bouyed by his stage win at the recent Tour of Peninsular (ToP), Nur Amirull Fakruddin Marzuki feels inspired to put his best pedal forward at the upcoming SEA Games.
“ToP’s stage and jersey wins raised my confidence and I feel that I can give my very best for Malaysia at the SEA Games,” said Amirull confidently.
ToP is a professional cycling race rated as UCI 2.1 which brings tough competition within the world, Continental and National teams. The Terengganu-born represented the Terengganu Inc. TSG Cycling team (TSG) which he joined in 2011. He set a record at the inaugural tour by winning 3 awards – Overall Winner, Best Sprinter and Best Asian Rider in stage 3 of the five day tour.
Amirull qualified for the SEA Games by winning the National Championships. He was also the National Champion in 2015 and in recent regional competitions, he won the Tour de Siak in Indonesia.
“I feel proud and happy to represent Malaysia for the second time for SEA Games in the Road Cycling event,” said Nur Amirull.
Prior to the games, the 27 year-old has been focusing on TSG’s team training to prepare for his races. However, after the ToP, Amirull will commence training with the Malaysian team to prepare for the Games.
“For the individual competition, it won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible. We have a higher chance to win the team event,” said Amirull.
Knowing his competitors well as they compete against each other regularly at regional competitions, Amirull rated that he has a higher chance at a medal in the team event instead of the individual event at the games. Both the team and individual medals will be contended in the same race, and the team will target to win both the medals.
Nevertheless, with soaring confidence, Amirull will raise the Malaysian flag high at the Philippines SEA Games in November.