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Malaysia maintain lead at Asian Track Cycling Championships

New Delhi: The Asian Track Cycling Championships witnessed an exhilarating Day 5 of competition today, as nations continued to vie for top honors in the prestigious event. Malaysia maintained its lead in the medal count with a remarkable 17 gold medals, of which their para-athletes won an impressive 15 of them, showcasing their exceptional talent and tenacity on the track. Japan follows closely behind with 13 golds, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals, accumulating a total of 18 medals.

Despite India’s valiant efforts on the penultimate day of the Championships, the quest for a medal remained unfulfilled. However, Indian cyclists exhibited their utmost dedication and delivered outstanding performances, earning accolades and admiration for their grit and perseverance.

Sarita Kumari, the bronze medalist of the 1km time trial event and gold medal winner in the Team Sprint event, faced tough competition in the Women’s Junior Sprint event, ultimately finishing in 4th place after an intense battle against Korean rider Jia Kim. Despite her defeat, Sarita Kumari’s exceptional performance throughout the competition reflects her immense talent and dedication.

In the Women’s Elite Madison event, Japan’s Tsuyaka Uchino and Maho Kakita clinched the gold medal, displaying a remarkable performance on the track. Uzbekistan’s Nafosat Kozieva and Olga Zabelinskaya secured the silver, while Hong Kong’s Wing Yee Leung and Sze Wing Lee claimed the bronze. India’s Khoirom Rejiya Devi and Swasti Singh displayed commendable efforts, finishing in 6th place.

In the Men’s Elite Keirin event, India’s David Beckham showcased his skills but finished in 12th place, while Esow unfortunately couldn’t advance from the Repechages, settling for 13th place. Japan’s Kento Yamasaki clinched the gold medal, with China’s Zhiwei Li securing silver and Tsun Ho Yung of Hong Kong taking home the bronze.

Unfortunately, a collision between Indian riders Harshveer Singh Sekhon and Venkappa K during the sprint lap resulted in injuries, which tragically marred the Men’s Elite Madison competition. While the cause of the collision is under investigation by UCI officials, we are relieved to report that both riders are in stable condition.

As the Championships enter its final day of competition, anticipation and excitement remain high as athletes prepare to showcase their skills in the remaining events. We extend our best wishes to all participating athletes and look forward to witnessing more thrilling performances on the track.




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