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Priyansh
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Mei Yu Hsiao… women’s road race champion.— Photo: Sandeep Saxena
Mei Yu Hsiao… women’s road race champion.— Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Chinese Taipei’s Mei Yu Hsiao became the women’s road race champion for the third consecutive time as she won the event in two hours, 38 minutes and six seconds at the Hero Cycles Asian cycling championship on Saturday.

Hsiao faced intense competition from the Chinese duo of Liu Xiaohui and Zhao Na before posting victory in a close finish.

Earlier, Iran’s Ali Khademi won a similarly tight race in the men’s under-23 road competition.

Kazakhstan, which has dominated road cycling at this championship, was again on the podium as its riders Nurbolat Kulimbetov and Vladislav Gurbunov earned the silver and the bronze medal, respectively.

India had a day to forget, though, as only two home riders, Pana Choudhary and Rutuja Satpute, managed to finish the women’s race. The six others in competition on Saturday failed to do likewise.

However, off-the-track, there was some good news for the host as South Korea offered to train Asian junior silver medallists Deborah and T. Manorama Devi for a couple of months ahead of the UCI World Junior track cycling championships at Glasgow in August.

The South Korea coach Yun Hee Tae confirmed the talks are presently on an informal level and there would be further discussions on the matter with his country’s federation.

When asked about the offer, Cycling Federation of India Secretary Onkar Singh said, “This is yet to be discussed in detail here. The duo’s performance at the championship could have been a motivating factor behind the South Koreans’ plan.”

If the proposal goes through, the Indian cyclists will be trained in South Korea by the country’s federation at no cost.

The CFI has made a few plans of its own to train Indian riders for next year’s Asian and Commonwealth Games. “We will take our cyclists to Shilaru, Himachal Pradesh for a high-altitude training camp in May. We also intend to send a group of eight to 10 riders, mostly juniors, to the World Cycling Centre in Switzerland,” added Singh.

The championship draws to a close on Sunday with the men’s road race at the Buddh International Circuit.

The results: Women: Individual road race (115.2 km): 1. Mei Yu Hsiao (Tpe) 2:38:06s; 2. Liu Xiaohui (Chn) 2:38:06; 3. Zhao Na (Chn) 2:38:06.

Under-23: Men: Individual road race (142 km): 1. Ali Khademi (Iri) 3:04:18; 2. Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) 3:04:18; 3. Vladislav Gurbunov (Kaz) 3:04:18 . — Priyansh


  • South Korea offers to train Asian junior silver medallists Deborah and T. Manorama Devi for a couple of months


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