Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Beasley Impressed With Performance Of Junior Cyclists

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) -- The gutsy performance by Muhammad Firdaus Mohd Zonis and other national back-up cyclists at the just concluded 2nd South-East Asian Track Grand Prix held here has caught the eyes of national cycling coach John Beasley.

"I'm very excited to see them progress very well. I'm looking forward to the young riders joining the senior squad in a few years," said Beasley, especially pointing out the achievements of 16-year old Muhammad Firdaus.

Muhammad Firdaus won four gold medals from four events he had participated in the second series of the South-East Asian Track Grand Prix which kicked of last Saturday, and in the first series of the same tournament he clinched three gold and a silver medal.

In March, Muhammad Firdaus won three gold and a silver medal at the Asian Cycling Championships (ACC) held in New Delhi, India.

Beasley said Muhammad Firdaus had shown tremendous progress in just a couple of months after an excellent achievement at the Asian Cycling Championship (ACC).

On his elite cyclists, Beasley said he was very happy with the performance of Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and Josiah Ng at the competition which was held at an outdoor velodrome, as both of them are more used to indoor track.

"Azizul (Azizulhasni) has fully recovered from injury and so he will be back better than ever. They will be competing at the National Track Championship (starting tomorrow) but it was not a big competition for them. The real task will be at the German GP next week," he added.

The National Track Championship will be held for four days starting Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur Velodrome in Cheras.

He noted that no target was set for both riders at the German Grand Prix but hopefully they would win in one of the competitions.

"I will see how they fair at the German GP but our priority is the World Championships (UCI Track World Championships) in Cali, Colombia, next year (Feb 26 to March 2, 2014)," said Beasley.

Beasley was also satisfied with Fatehah Mustapa's performance, and added that "she had improved tremendously since the Olympics."

"After the Olympics, we had a meeting about her future, whether she wants to retire or wants to move forward. Luckily for us, she has decided to stay on and try to win a medal in the Olympics.

"I couldn't be more proud of her. She has a good attitude and trained hard," he added.


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