Bad day for Malaysian cyclists

KUALA LUMPUR: The national track cyclists failed to deliver on the opening day of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games today.

Both the Malaysian men and women were unable to qualify for the team sprint medals rounds at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

Shah Firdaus Sahrom, Fadhil Mohd Zonis and Ridwan Sahrom could finish only fifth in the qualifying round after clocking 44.496.

Australia's Leigh Hoffman, Matthew Richardson and Matthew Glaetzer set a Games record after stopping the clock at 42.222 to enter the gold medal race with second-placed English riders Ryan Owens, Hamish Turnbull and Joe Truman who recorded 43.296.

In the bronze medal race, New Zealand, who clocked 43.974 to finish third, will take on Canada who came in fourth with 44.071.

The national women's team of Izzah Izzati Asri, Anis Amira Rosidi and Nurul Aliana Syafika Azizan were disqualified in the qualifying round. They were found to have committed an incorrect changeover during the race.

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