Cycling, Rio 2016

#Rio2016: Azizulhasni ‘pockets’ the bronze in pulsating keirin final

National track cyclist ace, Azizulhasni Awang has finally hit the podium spot at the Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the men’s keirin final at the Rio Olympic Velodrome.

It was a race full of tension at the beginning as the finalists had to go through a third restart due to possible infringements from the riders, with Azizulhasni, Britain’s Jason Kenny and Joachim Eilers of Germany getting the risk of disqualification.

Once the competition resumed smoothly, the crowd was treated with an entertaining race as Poland’s Damian Zielinski took pole position by the time the pacing bike left the track.

Five-time gold medallist Kenny powered his way to the finish line to clinch the gold, before Netherland’s Matthijs Buchli got the silver and The Pocketrocketman claimed the bronze ahead of world champion Eilers.

Photo credit: RTM
Photo credit: RTM

The 28-year-old from Terengganu was clearly delighted with his achievement as he embraced coach John Beasley to celebrate his first ever medal at the Olympics, after prior appearances at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

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