Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cycling team gets final shot at medal

Source: The Brunei Times



THE national cycling team have one last chance to try and deliver something at the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The five-rider team - Reduan Yusop, Azmi @ Lokman Abd Hadzid and Ahmad Rifa’ie Hj Johor, Muhammad I’maadi Abd Aziz and Muhammad Rafiuddin Zikara - are set to tackle the 163-kilometre road race event today in Naypyidaw.

The event will flag off at Lane Li Bridge before ending at Leiway Clock Tower.

The team are coming off a second last placement out of eight countries – beating only hosts Myanmar - in the men’s 100km team time trial on Tuesday.

They clocked a time of 3:03:43 and were 27 minutes off the pace from winners Vietnam.

National cycling coach Yafiz Jamaludin was left scratching his head after he watched his charges finish poorly.

The Malaysian had set his eyes on finishing strongly in the team events either a podium finish or at least a top-five placement.

However, there is still hope for redemption and Rafiuddin, who was the only one not to cycle in the last event, believes that they have got what it takes to end their campaign strongly at the biennial Games.

“I’ve had enough rest. I believe that I can have a good race tomorrow (Wednesday) to help team Brunei,” said Rafiuddin in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

“We are in good shape now and it is not impossible for us to win a medal. We will go all out with our best for the last race,” he added.

“The course is difficult with a lot of tough climbs. But we know that we can do it as we are prepared for it,” continued Rafiuddin.

The national cycling team had opened their account in the competition with the cross country olympic event at Mount Pleasant on Friday. Both participants – Rafiuddin and I’maadi – failed to complete the race. The main target was a strong finish for Rafiuddin but he was hit by bad luck after suffering from a tyre puncture in the first lap of the 4.1km course.

Rafiuddin was the only Bruneian in the men’s 50km individual time trial on Sunday





Link: http://www.bt.com.bn/sports-national/2013/12/18/cycling-team-gets-final-shot-medal

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