KUALA LUMPUR: Azizulhasni Awang is keeping cool even though he failed to stand on the podium in his favourite keirin race at Jakarta’s International Velodrome today.
In fact, the Pocket Rocketman has promised exciting news at the end of the Asia Track championships this weekend.
“Even though I ended the race fifth, I will have exciting news to share at the end of the competition,” said Azizul on Instagram.
However, Azizul did not elaborate further, but he is expected to return to the World No 1 ranking in keirin, when the UCI release their latest ranking.
Azizul is now World No 2 on 2,445 points and his fifth position on Thursday was worth 420 points. He will then have 2,865 points and that is enough to topple Australian Matthew Glaetzer who has 2,500 points.
Azizul, who will race in the individual pursuit tomorrow, was also elated that the national squad collected enough points to strenghten their chances of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.
Teammate Shah Firdaus won silver, and this means more points for Team Malaysia who are now 13th in the world on 1,025 points
On the individual pursuit today, Azizul said: “It will be tough as Japan have the advantage of having three riders. I will follow instructions to break them up to give an opening for Malaysia to become champions.
Meanwhile, Fadhil Zonis, who won bronze in the team pursuit with Azizulhasni and Shah Firdaus, was forced to withdraw from the 1km time trial as he is down with fever.