Top Indian cyclist Ronaldo Singh posted a career-best performance of his career by winning a silver medal in the senior sprint event on the closing day of the Asian Track Championships here on Wednesday.
It was his third medal of the championship. He had earlier won bronze medals in the 1km time trial and team sprint events.
On Wednesday, he gave a tough fight to veteran Japanese rider Kento Yamasaki but finished with a silver medal.
Yamasaki defeated Ronaldo in back-to-back races to finish on top of the podium. Andrey Chuge of Kazakhstan won the bronze medal in this event.
In the morning, Ronaldo defeated Andrey Chuge of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals. The Indian lost the first race but came back to win the next two to reach the final.
“Gold was on my mind but I’m also happy with silver for the first time. It’s the best performance of my career so far. Every tournament I improved my technique, that’s the most important,” said Ronaldo.
World junior champion and Asian record holder Ronaldo broke the 10-second barrier on his way to the semi-finals of the men’s elite sprint race event on Tuesday to set a national record in the 200m flying time trial.
The home team won one silver and two bronze medals on the final day.
Indian junior cyclist Birjit Yumnam won the bronze medal in the 15km point race with 23 points. Korea’s Sungyon Lee won the silver with 24 points while Farukh Bobosharov of Uzbekistan won the gold.
The biggest surprise of the day was 19-year-old Chayanika Gogoi, who started the Indian tally with a bronze over medal favorite Rinata Sultanova of Kazakhstan in the 10km women’s scratch race final. Yori Kim won the gold medal while Japan’s Ki Furuyama won the silver medal.
The Asian Junior and Para Championships were also being held simultaneously at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Velodrome.
There were a handful of crashes on the final day including 10 in the finals.
Japan topped the combined medal tally with 18 gold, seven silver and two bronze.
In the world class arena, the Indian cycling team finished fifth with 23 medals (2 gold, 6 silver, 15 bronze).
Korea finished second with 12 gold, 14 silver and three bronze medals, while Kazakhstan finished third with four gold, four silver and three bronze.
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