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Ronaldo Singh advances to semifinal in Sprint event

BALBIR SINGH | June 22, 2022 11:01 AM

NEW DELHI:Japan lead the medal tally with 11 golds on the fourth day of the Asian Track Cycling Championships here today. . The Japanese have won 11 golds, 6 silver and 2 bronze, with a total of 19 medals. Three of their golds have come from Para Cycling.

The Koreans are in second position with 10G, 9S, 2B ahead of Kazakhstan (4G, 3S, 1B). India are at 5th place with 2G, 5S & 13B.

Today there were 6 finals but India’s search for a medal on 4th day of the championship continues to draw a blank. The growing event ‘Cycling’ in India couldn’t give any medal to India at the end of 4th day of the Championship but Indian Cyclists won the hearts by giving their best ever performances.

Harashveer Singh Sekhon gave a good fight to the Korean (Euro KIM) & Japanese (Naoki Kojima) Riders in the 30, 000m Points race. In this power event, peddlers have to show their endurance & sprint performance where peddlers have to go for Sprints with full energy after every 10 laps of 120 laps race.

Sekhon was in the leading bunch and peddling neck to neck with opponents & finishing creditable 4th with 43 points behind Korea (61 points) & Japan (60 points) riders. Hammadi Al Mirza secured Gold in this event with 69 points.

Ronaldo Singh won his quarter final event of the Men's Sprint event and advanced to Semi Final where he will challenge Andrey Chugay of Kazakhstan. Ronaldo clocked 10.394s (69.27km/h) & 10.234s (70.353 km/h) respectively to defeat Jee One Park of Korea in continuous two sprints.

“Tomorrow is a big day for me as I will perform in one of my favourite events, I’m ready to give my personal best to earn the medal for India. This will also show me my preparedness for upcoming Commonwealth Games” said Ronaldo, who will fight for a medal tomorrow.

The day, however, did not start off on a good note for the Indian team.

Junior Cyclist Himanshi Singh earned second place in the 7.5km scratch race but was later disqualified on the ground of dangerous driving. She was blocked behind the Malaysian rider and in an attempt to go ahead of the Malaysian & Japanese rider, she made a technical fault and was disqualified by the Commissionaire.

The Gold was won by Ci Hui NYO of Malaysia ahead of Japan’s Mizuki Ikeda & Sofiya Karimova of Uzbekistan.

no other option as I was blocked by the riders; you have to learn from every mistake and I will work on my techniques to handle such types of situations in future.” said disappointed Himanshi.

Star Rider Esow once again failed to win his quarter final event of Men Sprint. He lost to Andrey Chugay of Kazakhstan. Esow finished his journey empty handed in this tournament.

COMBINED MEDAL TALLY OF 41ST SENIOR & 28TH JUNIOR ASIAN TRACK CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE

JAPAN 11 6 2

KOREA 10 9 2

KAZAKHSTAN 4 3 1

THAILAND 3 1 2

INDIA 2 5 13

MALAYSIA 2 4 4

IRAN 2 1 2

UAE 1 0 0

UZBEKISTAN 0 0 4

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