Waldron leads Sabah cycling team to best ever medal haul
Published on: Saturday, September 07, 2019
By: GL Oh
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Cycology Sabah Racing Team led by Louis (second left) with Waldron (fifth left) and Chika (sixth left) displaying their medals pose with Asneh and other officials at the SSC office on Wednesday.
Kota Kinabalu: Waldron Chee led Cycology Sabah Racing Team to their best ever medal haul with one gold, four silver and two bronze medals in the National Track Championship held at National Velodrome last week.

It was a massive improvement from a single gold medal haul last year by the team jointly supported by Sabah Sports Council (SSC) and private sponsors.

Waldron delivered the only gold in the men’s junior points race and cemented his place as one of the most gifted and versatile junior track cyclists in the country following his earlier outstanding performance in the Asia Track Championship and Taiwan International Track Cup.

He accumulated a total of 34 points in the 30-lap race to beat Terengganu’s Muhd Akif Hanan by three points, while in third place was Johor’s Mohd Justin Felix Nagel, who was featured in the World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Germany only two weeks ago, 13 points behind.

The Penampang lad who became the first male Sabahan to hold a national title with the win also netted a silver medal in the Omnium.

Another cyclist from Sabah that made heads turn in the competition was Chika Cherryca Chia from Kota Marudu, where the former track and field athlete from SMK Bandau, who started track cycling only in April, stunned the field by winning two silver medals in Women Junior’s Keirin and Sprint.

In the Men’s Elite Individual Pursuit, 19-year-old Lim Chun Kiat had 22-year-old Eiman Firdaus Zamri and national record holder in cold sweat throughout the race before settling for the silver with his time of 4:35.887, which is five seconds better than his personal best while Eiman clocked 4:35.122 to win the gold.

Darren Chong from Sandakan delivered one individual bronze in the scratch race. He then teamed up with Bong Yong Xian, Waldron Chee and Lim Chun Kiat to deliver another bronze in team pursuit.

Meanwhile, Arni Sanuddin narrowly missed out on a podium spot despite setting her personal best in 200m flying and 500m time trial, to finish fourth in Keirin behind Olympian Fatehah Mustapha, Farina Sawati and Anis Rosidi.

The unprecedented move by the team to move their base to Kuala Lumpur in April this year seemed to bear fruit and Director of Sabah Sports Council (MSN), Mohd Asneh Mohd Noor praised the team’s great achievements as they only took part in track cycling in March 2018.

State coach, Louis Pang, who was instrumental in the success since he led the team in May 2018, was modest in the achievement and credited it to teamwork between Sabah Sports Council, private sponsors and Sabah Cycling Association.

With the success from the young riders, Sabah looks set to improve on their double bronze medal haul in Sukma 2018.

However, Louis warned against complacency. “We must press for marginal gains in our training methods, recovery, nutrition and mental preparation,” he said.


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