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Josiah Races On Instinct

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INCHEON – National track cyclist Josiah Ng never makes any plans but believes in his own instinct during competitions.

Josiah, 34, born in the United States but raised in Manila, said he developed his instinct over the 20 years he has been racing and the attitude was understood by his coach, John Beasley.

“I rely on my instinct. I don’t come with plans because I will analyse it and it will take time which I don’t have during the competition. I have to go on instinct.

“My instinct is very good, nine of ten I’ve made a right move. One of ten I screwed it up,” he said after his training at the Incheon International Velodrome here Thursday.

Josiah is determined to make the most of every opportunity in either the sprint or keirin when the Asian Games cycling competition starts on Sept 20.

Josiah will be lining up with teammate and also defending champion Azizulhasni Awang for the keirin.

“I am not physically at my best since the accident I suffered in December and it took lot of time for me to recover. I have to fight with what I have and I may change a little bit of my tactics especially on this track,” he added.

Josiah suffered broken ribs, collarbone and punctured his lungs after a crash in the keirin event at the Track World Cup round in Aguascalientes, Mexico in December last year.

Commenting on the outdoor velodrome, Josiah acknowledged the condition of the track is the best so far as the surface so smooth and feel effortless when he paddle on the track for three days training.

Josiah was a silver medalist in keirin in Guangzhou, China (2010) and Doha, Qatar (2006) and in the sprint event in Busan, South Korea (2002). – Bernama

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