Coach Junaidi Nasir is optimistic Firdaus has what it takes to take Malaysian cycling to new heights in South Korea.
“Firdaus has a chance to fight for the podium this time. He clocked 1:05.092 in the 1km time trial in last year’s World Junior Championships in Glasgow to finish sixth.
“All the medallists in last year’s meet dipped under 1:03, so that is what Firdaus has to aim for. It’s something within his reach as we have not slowed down training despite the Hari Raya holidays,” said Junaidi.
Firdaus is hoping for better luck in South Korea.
“I was involved in a crash during the team sprint warm-up in Glasgow and ended up with three stitches on my shin. It affected my performance in the remaining events,” recalled Firdaus, who finished 16th in the sprint and exited the keirin in the second round.
For the record, Adiq Husainie Othman won a bronze in the scratch race in Moscow in 2009 for Malaysia’s only medal at the World Junior Championships.
Boys: Mohd Firdaus Mohd Zonis, Mohd Fadhil Mohd Zonis, Mohd Khairil Nizam, Mohd Shariz Efendi, Afiq Huznie Othman, Asyraf Naim Ying, Akmal Hakim Zakaria, Ahmad Muazzam Iman, Eiman Firdaus Mohd Zamri.
Girl: Farina Shahwati Adnan.