National cyclist Azizulhasni Awang has confidently opened a challenge to the other competitors to give him a run for his money at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The track cyclist cannot wait to get started as he is excited with the prospect of going against world-class athletes and wants to win at least a bronze medal in the keirin event.
“I was not nervous when I arrived the Olympic Village yesterday, because as I see it, I have matured since Beijing eight years ago,” Azizulhasni Awang said as quoted by Sinar Harian.
“I am at a different level now and I have to be more careful. I also must not be worried with big names such as favourites Joachim Eilers (Germany) and Ed Dawkins (New Zealand).
Azizulhasni Awang, who was given the nickname ‘Pocket Rocketman’, believes that most of the competitors know him because they have competed against each other previously.
“I may be small, but they should know that I am full of surprises,” Azizulhasni concluded.
The 28 year-old finished in tenth place during the Olympic Games in Beijing eight years ago and improved his performance in London with a sixth place finish in summer of 2012.
The keirin event begins on August 16.
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