BY: Michelle Liew
National track cyclists, Datuk Azizulhasni Awang and Muhammad Shah Firdaus each managed to secure tickets to the third round of the men’s individual sprint event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo yesterday.
The two riders, however, had to go through a difficult route when competing in the repechage round after losing in the second round in the competition, which took place at the Izu Velodrome.
Azizulhasni, 33, nicknamed The Pocket Rocketman, showed off his energetic cycling to snatch a ticket to the third lap when he beat Canadian Nick Wammes.
On the other hand, Shah Firdaus, 25, who made his first appearance on the Olympic stage, had to compete twice in the repechage round after colliding with his opponent, Patryk Rajkowski, causing the Polish rider to fall.
In the re-race, Shah Firdaus had no problem setting aside Rajkowski to book his slot into the third round scheduled to take place, today.
The third-round action will see Azizulhasni face the Dutch representative, Jeffrey Hoogland, while Shah Firdaus will face the compatriot opponent, Harrie Lavreysen.