Friday, December 13, 2013

Malaysia Misses Medal Over Coach's Folly On First Day Of Cycling

NAYPYITAW, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- "We don't mean to blame anyone after failing to clinch the first medal Thursday.

"Nevertheless, we are aggrieved with the coach's attitude over the arrangement of racers without first discussing with the cyclists," lamented national cyclist Shahrin Amri.

The grim faces of the national cyclists comprising Shahrin, Masziyaton Mohd Radzi, Mohd Zulhafiz Saipuddin and Junaidah Juss clearly reflected their disappointment after failing to bag the bronze medal in the Cross Country Team Relay of the 27th SEA Games in the Mount Pleasant racing circuit near here today.

The national team was fourth among six teams, recording 59:40.41' or 3:10.98' behind the Vietnamese powered by Ha The Long/Nguyen Van Quang/Cao Thi Cam Le/Dinh Thi Nhu Quyh who won the bronze medal.

The gold medal was won by Kusmawati Yazid/Chandra Rafsanzani/Wilhelmina Tuntuarima/Bandi Sugito representing Indonesia, with a time of 55:48.37'.

Meanwhile, the silver medal went to the Thai team of Suprasart Keerati/Wong Padklang Jutamas/Warapiang Siriluck and Chawchiangkwang in a time of 57:23.11'.

The 1.64km event was contested for the first time at the SEA Games level after being introduced as an exhibition event at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia, two years ago.

Speaking to reporters, Shahrin, 31, said: "The four of us targeted to get on the podium today, with at least a bronze medal but everything is gone after the coach made a mistake in arranging the racers, leaving us trailing behind.

"Why can't he (the coach) ask and discuss with us first before sending the list of names to the championship secretariat?"

Shahrin said as the last racer in the event, he had to work hard to chase the Vietnamese cyclist, Nguyen Van Quang who was two minutes in front.

"I tried my best to chase the Vietnamese racer to get the first bronze medal from the cycling camp but it was too late," he said.

The cyclist from Sandakan, Sabah said his focus was now on the individual men's cross-country event tomorrow.

"I hope I can redeem the failure today, at tomorrow's race and I am determined to do my best to ensure a medal for the country," he added.


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