Mohd Shahrul wins third national grand prix circuit

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MELAKA: Terengganu Pro-Asia Cycling Team (TSG) cyclist Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin clinched the third circuit of the National Cycling Grand Prix 2011 by the narrowest of margins here yesterday.

The National cyclist from Terengganu clocked 4 hours 55.281 seconds to complete the 156km race held at Jalan Tun Kudu, Bukit Katil and overcome a gritty later challenge from Armed Forces rider Mohd Zambri Salleh who crossed the line in 4’00:57.67s, a mere three seconds behind.

Mohd Shahrul who broke away from the pack at the final 40km mark was leading all the way until Mohd Zambri staged a late rally in the final 5km, but the Terengganu lad held on for the win.

Mohamad Aim Mohamad Fauzi from Pahang took third place with a time of 4’04:25.516s in the race that saw 83 riders.

Anuar Manan, another TSG rider from Terengganu and a renown sprinter, could only manage 7th spot after clocking 4’07:21.22s.

The women’s race saw the country’s new star Jupha Somnet, winner of six medals at the 2011 Asia Cycling Championships in Korat, Thailand two months ago, win the 140km race in a thrilling finish which saw 12 riders cross the race with the same time as Jupha’s 3 hours 18 minutes 58 seconds.

“This is the first time I am competing in the elite category because all these while I was competing in the Junior category. I am certainly delighted with winning on my senior debut,” said Jupha. — Bernama