Pocket Rocketman Azizul disappointed for failing to repeat Polish success

National track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang blames his accident in a keirin event for affecting his performance. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: National track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang’s hopes of repeating his gold medal feat in the World Series in Poland 10 years ago went up in smoke when he was knocked out in the qualifying round.

Azizulhasni, also known as the ‘Pocket Rocketman’ was clearly upset when he could only manage 30th place out of 34 riders with an overall time of 10.022 seconds.

He said he was not in tip-top condition following an accident in the keirin event, which affected his pedalling.

“I am really dismayed but at this juncture, I could only give my best in my present condition after the accident yesterday.

“We will be conducting a post-mortem with my teammates after the championship as usual and plan for the next season,” he said on Facebook this morning.

The other Malaysians in the men’s individual sprint event were Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom, who was placed 31st in 10.090s, while Muhammad Firdaus Mohd Zonis came in 34th in 10.242s.