LONDON, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- National rider Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, dubbed the
''Pocketrocketman'' failed to take off in the Sprint event and finished in eighth
spot at the London Velodrome here today.
The eighth place finish was only a repeat of his Beijing 2008 achievement,
and way off the medal target.
The 24 year-old rider from Terengganu who started the quarterfinals against
the new Olympic record holder, Jason Kenny from Great Britain, lost two of the
three races in the event that is decided over the best of three races.
Kenny had yesterday set a new Olympic record of 9.713 seconds to erase the
old mark of 9.815s set by his team-mate Chris Hoy in the 2008 Beijing Olympics,
during the Qualifying round.
In the 5-8 placing race, Azizulhasni finished behind Russian Denis Dmitriev,
American Jimmy Watkins and Robert Forstermann of Germany.
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Malaysian cycling team manager Datuk Naim Mohamad said since Azizulhasni had
lost to Kenny in the quarterfinals, coach John Beasley had advised him to not
exert himself during the 5-8 placing race.
"We want him to get a full day''s rest tomorrow and remain fresh for the
keirin event which will start on Tuesday," he told Bernama, here today.
Naim said Azizulhasni also recorded a new Malaysian record of 10.030 seconds
in the quarterfinals.
"Azizulhasni renewed his own record of 10.1s he had set during the Beijing
Games," he said.
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