India’s Ronaldo Singh produced a remarkable performance to win a historic silver in the sprint event for the senior category on the final day of Asian Track Cycling Championship 2022.
Ronaldo, the showstopper, stole all the attention in the men’s elite sprint. This was his third gold medal at the championship. He previously had won bronze medals for Team Sprint and 1Km Time Trial events. He finished second in the silver medal race against Japan’s veteran rider Kento Yamasaki on Wednesday. Yamasaki beat Ronaldo in two races, to place at the top of podium. The bronze medal was won by Andrey Chugay of Kazakhstan.
In the Semifinal, Ronaldo beat Andrey Chugay from Kazakhstan in the morning. Ronaldo lost the first race, but bounced back to win two more races to make it to the final.
Ronaldo, after settling the Silver Medal on his Birthday, said that although gold was always in his mind, he was happy with the first-ever Silver. He added, “Gold was still in my head, but I’m happy with the best ever performance in my career, and in every tournament I improved my technique. This is what is most important and with my family’s blessings, I achieved this.”
Birjit Yumnam, Indian Junior Cyclist, added another Bronze to India. He scored 23 points in the 15 Km points Race of Men Junior category. However, he was only able to claim the Silver because his opponent from Korea Sungyeon won 24 points. Farrukh Boobosherov from Uzbekistan won gold.
Surprise of the day was the opening ceremony in India by 19-year old Chayanika, who won Bronze over Kazakhstan’s favorite Rinata Sultanova in 10 Km Women Scratch Race finals. Youri Kim was awarded Gold and Kie Furuyama, Japan, won Silver.
ChayanikaGogoi expressed joy at the award. She stated that she never missed training and was happy that all her hard work paid off. My only goal is to win medals for my country.
Finals of 10 events were held on the Velodrome. This was an exuberant day. Although there were a few crashes, the pain was quickly forgotten by the cycling enthusiasts.
Japan topped the medal tally with 18 Gold, 7 Silver and 2 Bronze medals in the 41st Senior & 28th Junior Asian Track & 10th Para Track Cycling Championships held at IGI Sports Complex here. The Indian Cycling team won 23 medals in this world-class field. This includes 2 Gold, 6 Silver, and 15 Bronze at the Championships. It is the highest ever performance by any Indian Cycling contingent. Korea came second with 12 Gold medals, 14 Silver and three bronze medals. Kazakhstan took third with 4 Gold and 4 Silver, respectively.
Maninder Singh, the General Secretary of Cycling Federation of India, was thrilled to see that they had won the championships. He said, “We started out as underdogs, but we did more than what was expected of us.” He said that once your athletes win medals in international competitions, everyone’s heart will say “Ye di maange mehr”. I was happy with the performance of our athletes. In the 2022 Commonwealth Games I’m sure that our athletes will fight hard to defeat their competitors.