Monday, October 4, 2010

Malaysia riding on Azizul

JUST one name is on the lips of most cycling fans in the buildup to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi -- Azizul Hasni Awang. The explosive pint-sized sprinter will be the one that Malaysia depend on in the bid to end the gold medal drought.

And the 22-year-old will have planted in his mind the fact that all Malaysia have to show after more than 50 years of competing in the games, is a silver by Nor Effandy Rosli in the road race at the 1998 edition in Kuala Lumpur.

The road is well paved for him to shine in New Delhi as Olympic champion Chris Hoy of Scotland and the mighty Australians have withdraw from the games.
Azizul, the World Championships 200m sprint silver medallist, could also be likely in with a chance for gold in the keirin, which is his pet event..

He is part of the team sprint trio that will likely see him as starter and Josiah Ng leading out Rizal Tisin on the second lap.

Much is expected from Azizul as the Dungun-born has already delivered victories in the Sea Games, Asian Championships and World Cup Classics.

Having launched himself into the club of world class sprinters since the last Olympics in Beijing, he is already looking to the London Olympics in two years where he hopes to deliver Malaysia's first ever gold medal.

The Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, as such, will signal whether Azizul is on the right track.

Read more: Malaysia riding on Azizul @ NST

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