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Azizulhasni Awang reacts after winning bronze in keirin final. REUTERS
Azizulhasni Awang pose with his bronze medal after the keirin final. Pix by ROSLI RAHMAT.
Azizulhasni Awang in action during the keirin final. Pix by ROSLI RAHMAT.
Bronze medallist Azizulhasni Awang poses on the podium with the Jalur Gemilang. AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO: Azizulhasni Awang dedicated his Rio Olympics bronze medal to all Malaysians after surviving a nerve-wracking keirin final at the Olympic Velodrome on Tuesday.

Although Azizulhasni was targeted to deliver gold, it was an awesome effort to win bronze as the final had to be restarted twice and there was intense pressure on the Malaysian.

The first stop was to review Azizulhasni and Britain's Jason Kenny for a technical infringement, which ultimately was ruled against.

The race was restarted, only to be stopped again as the officials reviewed another supposed infringement.

It was again ruled against and the race was finally allowed to proceed.

It was a tough race as Azizulhasni, despite leading from the front, was boxed in and had to fight his way to the front.

"I thought I had won the silver but when it was shown that I won bronze, I wasn't disappointed.

"I gave it my best and I dedicate the bronze to all Malaysians. They have supported me since I was young and I hope I have repaid their faith in me," said Azizulhasni.

"What I want to do now is return to Malaysia and spend some time with my family.

"It has been a tiring experience but one that has been worth it."

Gold was won by Britain's Kenny with silver going to Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands.

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