Cycling, Rio 2016

#Rio2016: “I don’t fear anyone” – Azizulhasni gears up for keirin showdown

National track cyclist, Azizulhasni Awang is confident that the absence of London 2012 gold medallist Chris Hoy will open up the door for all competitors to claim the top podium spot in keirin.

However, complacency won’t be on the agenda of the 28-year-old since there are others who can stop him from clinching the coveted gold.

According to Azizulhasni, who is also known as The Pocketrocketman, Germany’s Joachim Eilers and Edward Dawkin of New Zealand is able to pose a challenge and the upcoming race will be a tight affair even without the presence of Hoy.

“Eilers won the World Championships in London last March and Dawkin got the silver. Both of them are strong challengers.

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“With that said, I don’t want to underestimate British ace, Jason Kenny as well. Even though keirin is not his preferred event since he is a sprint specialist, but we are both equally good in terms of speed,” he said, as quoted by Kosmo!

The Terengganu-born athlete insists that he has nothing to worry about even though each of the competitors has their own strengths and weaknesses, and he should be feared by them instead for his ability to spring a surprise.

“I don’t need to fear them, it should be the other way around since they know about my advantage. They can’t predict what I’ll do during the race as I performed differently in various big tournaments,” he added.

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