Asia Track Cup 2019: Ronaldo Laitonjam wins gold, India tops medal tally

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New Delhi: India topped the medal tally with 10 gold, eight silver, and seven bronze medals in the Track Asia Cup cycling competition at the IGI Sports Complex here on Wednesday.

Uzbekistan finished overall second with four golds and three silvers while Malaysia secured third place with four golds and a silver.

The host clinched two golds and one bronze on the final day with Ronaldo Laitonjam winning gold on the last day.

Ronaldo once again hogged the limelight by winning a gold in junior men’s keirin event, his fourth of the meet. Ronaldo had earlier collected a gold each in sprint, 1km time trial and team sprint junior events.

In keirin, out of five rounds, cyclists have to win through their speed in the last 2.5 rounds and Ronaldo finished ahead of Kazakhstan riders Arlanbek and Alexandr Safarov.

Esow Alben, current World No. 1, also won a gold in men’s elite keirin event and collected crucial points required to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Thailand rider Worayut Kapunya won the silver while Amarjeet Singh added a bronze to India’ tally.

Deborah Harold and Mayuri Lute of India had a disappointing outing in women’s elite keirin as they were not able to enter the top six. Top three places went to Fatehah of Malaysia, Crismontia of Indonesia and Cho Yiu of Hongkong respectively.

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