Top Indian cyclist Ronaldo Singh won the silver medal in the senior category sprint event on the final day of the Asian Track Championship on Wednesday, the best performance of his career. This was his third championship medal. He had earlier won a bronze medal in the 1km time trial and team sprint events. On Wednesday, he competed against Japan’s veteran rider Kanto Yamasaki but won the silver medal.
Yamasaki beat Ronaldo in a back-to-back race to make it to the top of the podium. Andrei Choge of Kazakhstan won a bronze medal in the event.
In the morning, Ronaldo defeated Andre Choge of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals. The Indians lost the first race but bounced back to win the next two to reach the final.
“Gold was on my mind, but I’m happy with the silver medal for the first time,” Ronaldo said. This is the best performance of my career so far. In every tournament I improved my technique, that’s the most important thing.
On Tuesday, world junior champion and Asian record holder Ronaldo broke the 10-second hurdle to reach the semifinals of the men’s elite sprint race event, setting a national record in the 200-meter flying time trial.
The home team won one silver and two bronze medals on the final day.
Indian junior cyclist Brigitte Yamanam won the bronze medal in the 15 km points race with 23 points. Korea’s Sangyun Lee won the silver medal with 24 points, while Uzbekistan’s Farrukh Bobushirov won the gold medal.
The biggest surprise of the day was 19-year-old Chanika Gogoi, who started the Indian team by winning a bronze medal over Kazakhstani medalist Renata Sultanova in the final of the 10km women’s scratch race. Yuri Kim won the gold medal, while Japan’s Kei Foruyama won the silver medal.
The Asian Junior and Para Championships were also being held simultaneously at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Weldroom.
There were a handful of crashes on the day of the final which saw 10 finals.
Japan topped the medal tally with 18 gold, seven silver and two bronze medals.
In the world class arena, the Indian cycling team finished fifth with 23 medals (2 Gold, 6 Silver, 15 Bronze).
Korea came in second with 12 gold, 14 silver and three bronze medals, while Kazakhstan came in third with four gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
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