New Delhi† India enjoyed a successful outing at the Asian Track Cycling Championship with two bronze medals here on Monday.
Ronaldo Singh took the country’s first-ever international medal in the 1km time trial event. After three days, India has 20 medals in their pocket.
Junior world champion and Asian record holder Ronaldo kicked the cycle at 58.254 km/h and clocked 1:01.798s to finish in the standings.
He won the bronze medal in the 1 km time trial of the men’s senior category. This was his and India’s first ever medal in this event.
Yuta Obara from Japan won gold with 1:01.118s (speed 59.902 km/h), Malaysian cyclist Mohammad Fadhil clocked 1:01.639s to claim the silver.
“I came here for the gold, but had to settle for bronze. I just repeated my performance from last year, which was not enough for gold, to change the color of the medal.”
“I need to focus more on my technique,” said Ronaldo.
About his Olympic plans, Ronaldo added: “I would like to build a team for the team sprint event where we have already won a junior world medal. It would bring greater exposure to the Indian cycling team and pave the way for versatility in our achievements as a nation.”
Another bronze was added by Birjit Yumnam who broke away from Ilya Karabutov (Kazakhstan) and Amir Ali (Iran) after 35 laps to claim third place in the 40-lap 10km race in the men’s junior category.
Korea’s Hwarang KIM took the gold, while Malaysia’s Zulfahmi Aiman finished second.
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