Despite the absence of Azizulhasni Awang, Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom put on a valiant effort to prevent Japan from securing a one-two finish in the men’s keirin final.
Despite facing tough competition from Ota Kaiya, the 27-year-old pedalled to silver in the keirin event at the second leg of the Track Nations Cup in Cairo, Egypt, while Japan’s Shinji Nakano took home the gold medal for his first Track Nations Cup victory.
The expectations were high for him to bring excitement to the event, especially with his teammate Azizul withdrawing from the competition due to an adductor injury. However, Shah Firdaus did not disappoint and delivered an impressive performance.
This achievement marks Shah Firdaus’ first silver medal in his signature event at the Track Nations Cup, having previously won the bronze medal in the keirin at the 2017 Track World Cup in Los Angeles.
Azizulhasni Awang, who was previously ranked as the world keirin No.1, won a silver medal in the keirin event at the opening leg of the competition in Jakarta.