India tops medal tally in Track Asia Cup cycling

India tops medal tally in Track Asia Cup cycling

Indian cyclist Deborah Herold. (Photo by Reuters)

Ronaldo Laitonjam won his fourth gold of the meet as India picked up three medals on the concluding day to emerge overall champions in the Track Asia Cup cycling competition here on Wednesday.

India topped the medal tally with 10 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals as the tournament came to an end at the IGI Sports Complex here. The home team clinched 2 gold and 1 bronze on final day on Wednesday.

Uzbekistan finished overall second with 4 gold and 3 silver while Malaysia secured third place with 4 gold and 1 silver.

Ronaldo once again hogged the limelight by winning a gold in junior men's Keirin event, his fourth of the meet. The junior world champion team member Ronaldo had earlier collected a gold each in sprint, 1km time trial and team sprint junior events.

In keirin, out of five rounds, cyclists have to win through their speed in the last 2.5 rounds and Ronaldo finished ahead of Kazakhstan riders Arlanbek and Alexandr Safarov who won silver and bronze respectively.

"This is the best ever performance of my career and in every event I improved my timing, this is most important and with the blessings of my family, I achieved it," Ronaldo said after winning his fourth gold.

Esow Alben, current world number 1, also won a gold in men' elite keirin event and collected crucial points required to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Thailand rider Worayut Kapunya won the silver while Amarjeet Singh added a bronze to India' tally.

Deborah Harold and Mayuri Lute of India had a disappointing outing in women's elite keirin as they were not able to enter the top six. Top three places went to Fatehah of Malaysia, Crismontia of Indonesia and Cho Yiu of Hongkong respectively.

Cycling Federation of India Chairman Onkar Singh said, "Our junior cyclists produced stellar performances throughout Track Asia Cup to show their skills and tactics. Elite cyclists collected crucial points during competition to earn an opportunity to qualify for Olympics. I am satisfied with the performances of Indian cyclists." 

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