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#ParaGames: At 42, Alvin Lim delivers gold for Malaysia in cycling

42-year-old Alvin Lim went up against all odds to make his dream of winning a gold medal at the 9th ASEAN Para Games a reality.

The hand-cyclist outclassed his opponents to clinch gold at the men’s road race H1-H5 earlier today.

Alvin Lim was involved in a near-fatal accident about 17 years ago, when his super bike collided with an oil tanker on his way to Singapore. The accident left him paralysed from waist down.

 

Instead of lamenting his fate, Alvin picked up hand cycling and set a target to clinch gold in the ASEAN Para Games, and subsequently compete in the 2020 Summer Paralympics.

Congratulations Alvin, you’re truly an inspiration!

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Cycling: Malaysia sweep all 7 golds at track cycling race

Team Malaysia displayed a stellar performance at the National Velodrome as they aced the track cycling event to bag all seven gold medals up for grabs on Sunday night (17th September).

Muhammad Adi Raimie Amizazahan (C2 rider) clinched Malaysia’s first gold medal after clocking 1m 17.232s in in the Kilometre (C1, C2 and C3) race.

Mohd Najib Turano raked in Malaysia’s second gold in the men’s 1 Kilometre (C4) final with 1m 12.771s, followed by fellow Malaysian Muhammad Hafiz Jamali who bagged silver  with 1m 16.493s in the same event.

Nur Azlia Syafinaz Mohd Zais (B3 – visually impaired) kept the momentum going as she won the women’s sprint event; after defeating Singapore’s Emily Lee and her assistant Sarah Tan Hui Zhen.

Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi clinched Malaysia’s fourth gold as he finished ahead of Philippine’s Arthus Eustaquio Bucay in the men’s 1 Kilometre (C5) event, clocking 1m 09.690s.

UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championship 2017 bronze medallist Muhammad Afiq Afify Rizan (B3) upped the gold medal tally as he rode to victory in the men’s sprint (B) event.

Nur Azlia again contributed to the pool of gold medals when she won Malaysia’s sixth gold medal through the women’s 1Kilometre (B) event, clocking 1:19.359s.

The final gold medal came through Muhammad Afiq Afify in the men’s 1km time trial (C1, C2 and C3) final.

The Para cycling (track) continues today (18th September) at the National Velodrome, starting 2 pm.

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Track cycling coach John Beasley explains why he is not ready to leave Malaysia

National track cycling head coach, John Beasley has expressed that he is not ready to leave Malaysia just yet, even though his contract is coming to an end.

John Beasley, who has coached the likes of Azizulhasni Awang and Fatehah Mustapa, received multiple job offers from all around the world, but he insists that he wants to stay in Malaysia to finish what he started.

Beasley has reportedly received offers from the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Iran, since his contract with Malaysia is ending this year.

However, the coach maintains that he has some unfinished business in Malaysia — he still wants to continue coaching and developing talents in Malaysia. In addition to that, Beasley also wants to realise his dream of producing Malaysia’s first Olympic gold medalist in track cycling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Photo: The Star

Beasley has served the national team for 11 years, and said he plans to stay in Malaysia for as long as possible.

“My plan is to stay here as long as Malaysia wants. By the time Malaysia says we do not need you anymore, I will leave. I have been offered other jobs, but we have started something here and have not finished yet.” Bernama quoted him as saying.

“I want to leave a big legacy plan for Malaysia, which will be successful long after my absence. Even now, the young coaches have done an excellent job for the SEA Games. I just manage and support them; the level of coaching is rising,” he added.

“My role is to develop the cyclists on and off the bike as a holistic approach to making them great citizens and useful for Malaysian society, like coaching or be in the corporate sector one day,” he said.

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Fatehah Mustapa seals third gold medal in track cycling

As people always say, “All good things come in threes”.

Malaysia’s track cyclist Fatehah Mustapa sealed her third gold medal in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games after her stellar performance at the 500m time trial event earlier today.

The 28-year-old clocked 34.542s at the race, which is an improvement from her time of 34.667s that she set at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Indonesia’s Crismonita Dwi Putri bagged silver with a time of 36.165s, while her fellow compatriot Santia Tri Kusuma came in third to snatch bronze after clocking 36.345s.

 

On Monday evening, Fatehah Mustapa bagged her second gold medal at the women’s sprint race at the National Velodrome in Nilai.

Her first gold at the KL SEA Games was a group effort in the women’s track team sprint race with fellow cyclist Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan on Sunday evening.

 

WATCH: Fatehah-Farina clinch gold in women’s track team sprint event

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Azizulhasni Awang powers Malaysia to hit target of 111 gold medals

Of course it had to be him!

World keirin champion Azizulhasni Awang clinched Malaysia’s 111th gold in style at the men’s individual sprint final at the National Velodrome on Monday evening.

Despite this being Azizulhasni’s last appearance at the SEA Games, what made the victory even more significant is that it helped Malaysia hit its target of 111 gold medals in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Azizulhasni defeated fellow compatriot Shah Firdaus Sahrom in the men’s individual sprint final to clock  10.186s amongst the roaring Malaysian crowd.

Meanwhile, Shah Firdaus settled for the silver while Thailand’s Jaturong Niwati clinched bronze after beating Indonesia’s Puguh Admadi.

“After 10 years, I finally rode in the SEA Games before my fans – many of them have never seen me live in action.”

“I was further touched when I was told my gold medal was the number 111th, a sweet moment and a meaningful farewell for my last SEA Games appearance.” Azizulhasni told Malay Mail.

Thank you, champ!

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Azizulhasni advances into semi-finals after clocking fastest time in qualifiers

And he did it like a boss!

Looks like Malaysia is on the right track bag more gold medals after two of our track cyclists displayed excellent performance at the individual sprint qualifiers.

World keirin champion Azizulhasni Awang clocked 10.121s to emerge the fastest at the individual sprint qualifiers. Azizulhasni has advanced into the quarter-finals; and he’s expected to make it to the next round without much trouble.

His fellow compatriot, Shah Firdaus Sharom comes in close behind to clock the second fastest time at 10.191s.