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I Still Have A Long Way To Go – Farina Shawati

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SEPANG – National women’s track cyclist, Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan is realistically aware that she still has a long way to go in her world-level quest.

Met upon arriving at Klia2 from Gold Coast, Australia this morning, she said her main target is to compete in the Olympics.

She managed to reach the final in the kerin event in her debut at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“That wasn’t easy. I had to compete against tough world class contenders. Although I did not win a medal, it was satisfying to be a able to put up a strong challenge,” said the 22-year-old lass.

She said Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom’s ability to outdo world sprint champion Matt Glaetzer on Saturday had boosted her spirit and motivated her to perform just as good.

In the women’s keirin event yesterday (April 8), Farina Shawati finished fourth after having to race in a repechage to qualify for the semifinal and final.

Host Australia dominated the event with Stephanie Morton taking the gold medal and Kaarle McCulloch claiming the silver. The bronze went to New Zealand’s Natasha Hansen.

“I need more international exposure and qualify on merit to participate in major competitions such as Asian Games and the Olympics,” she said.

On the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games 2018 in August, Farina Shawati is looking forward to team up with her senior and idol Fatehah Mustapa and win a medal for Malaysia in the team sprint event.

“The Asian Games would be a different challenge in kerin and sprint in that the competition would come from China, Korea and Hong Kong. My personal target is to get on the podium,” she said. – BERNAMA

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