Azizulhasni Awang remains focused on Rio goal

National cycling athlete Azizulhasni Awang played down talks of celebration despite winning the sprint event at the Southeast Asia Grand Prix yesterday, claiming that his ultimate focus remains the Rio Olympics.

The 27 year-old was absolutely dominant at Velodrome Cheras, though he claims that his victory would mainly serve the purpose of increasing his world ranking in the event.

Azizuhasni is ranked second in the world for the Keirin event, but on the other hand, he’s ranked 34th for the Sprint event – something he intends to change.

“From the beginning, my goal of joining this tournament is to earn more points in the sprint category, because I’m pretty safe when it comes to keirin,” he told Harian Metro.

“I think the points I collected yesterday, is enough for me to quality for the World Track Cycling Championships in London. So my focus remains on track. I’m aiming for a gold.

“If things don’t go my way there, I’ll have some time to recalibrate certain things before the Olympics gets underway,” he added.


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