NILAI – National track cyclist, Fatehah Mustapa failed to finish on the podium after finishing sixth in the women’s keirin final at the Asian Track Cycling Championship (ATC) 2018 today.
The 29-year-old rider started well at the start of the race, which took place at the National Velodrome here, but failed to overtake the front racers, dominated by Zhong Tianshi and Bao Shanju of China, who bagged gold and silver respectively.
Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze won the bronze medal in the final race.
Fatehah, who bagged gold and silver medals in the 2012 and 2016 editions respectively, admitted to adopting wrong strategies which led to the two riders from China to intercept her.
“I was actually waiting for Lee to make the first move to sprint but I was proved wrong when the Chinese duo had done so earlier and leaving our group behind.
“I’m very sad because keirin is my favorite event, and I was targeting a medal here. I hope Malaysians will continue to support me. I will improve my weaknesses and work hard for both the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games,” she told reporters.
Fatehah had previously secured bronze in the women’s 500m time trial.
All in all, Malaysia bagged two gold, three silver and four bronze while the paralympic cyclists won nine gold, eight silver and six bronze. – BERNAMA