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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Awang takes keirin gold at UCI World Cup in Beijing

WORLD silver medallist Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia has captured World Cup keirin gold at the final event of the four-leg series in Beijing.

SPRINT STAR: Azizulhasni Awang romps to keirin gold in Beijing while China impress on home soil (Getty Images)
SPRINT STAR: Azizulhasni Awang romps to keirin gold in Beijing while China impress on home soil (Getty Images)

The 22-year-old collected sprint silver in Pruszkow last year but in the Laoshan Velodrome, the site of the Olympic track cycling competition in 2008, it was the keirin in which he excelled.

He proved too strong for Australian rivals Jason Niblett and Daniel Ellis, who took silver and bronze respectively.

Awang's victory ensures he shares the overall World Cup series crown with Germany's Maximillian Levy as both cyclists finished with 22 points from the four events.

Elsewhere, the Netherlands' Willy Kanis was in electric form to take the 500m time trial gold ahead of China's Jinjie Gong and Australia's two-time world champion Anna Meares.

The Australian quartet of Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Leigh Howard and Travis Meyer took victory ahead of the Netherlands and New Zealand in the team pursuit but that was not enough to knock Great Britain, who came within inches of breaking the world record at the Manchester World Cup, off top overall spot.

In the men's one kilometre time trial there was more for the home crowd to shout about as Miao Zhang secured gold, while Canada's Zachary Bell took scratch race gold.

In the women's team sprint, Junhong Lin and Jinjie teamed up to complete a thoroughly impressive home competition for China, while women's points race gold went to Australia's Megan Dunn.

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