TOKYO: National track cycling ace Datuk Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (pix) is one race away from handing Malaysia its first Olympic gold medal after reaching the men’s keirin final at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka today.
The 33-year-old former world champion nicknamed The Pocket Rocketman won Heat Two of the semi-finals ahead of German Maximilian Levy and Dutchman Harrie Lavreysen, who won gold in the men’s sprint.
Meanwhile, defending champion Jason Kenny from Great Britain came , Australian Matthew Glaetzer and Jair Tjon En Fa from Surinam in the top three in Heat One of the Keirin semifinals.
The first three of the two heats made it to the final, which starts at 11.00 today.
Previously, Malaysia’s Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom missed the semi-finals after finishing last in the second round of the quarter-finals.
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