Adiq posted the time of 56:06.71 to place fifth in the men's individual time trial.
SINGAPORE: Adiq Husainie Othman and Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lufti failed in their bid to deliver medals as the SEA Games cycling competition got under way at Marina Bay South.
Terengganu-born Adiq clocked 56:06.71 for fifth place out of the 16 who took part. Robin Manullang of Indonesia claimed the gold in 53:55.41 ahead of T. Boonratanathanakorn of Thailand (54:47.57) and Trinh Duc Tam of Vietnam (55:39.20).
Fauzan, who was touted to be the better bet to bring home a medal, completed the 42km distance event in 11th spot (58:18.30) and later blamed stomach discomfort for preventing him from pushing harder.
"I was down with food poisoning and it affected my performance. Several other cyclists also had the same problem," said 29-year-old Fauzan.
Singapore's Dinah Chan failed to defend the women's time trial title she won in Myanmar two years ago after finishing third in 47:44.91.
Marella Vania Salamat of the Philippines was the fastest over the 30km long distance, taking the gold in 44:46.38, ahead of Thailand's Chanpeng Nontasin, who posted 45:32.34.
Friday will see Melbourne-based cyclist Jupha Somnet and Nurul Suhada Zainal competing in the women's criterium.
Fauzan and Adiq will join Anuar Manan, Mohd Zamri Saleh, Mohd Saiful Anuar Aziz and Mohd Harrif Saleh in the men's criterium.
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