Kazakhstan riders powered their way to the top, winning two more medals, including a gold, in the road-racing event of the Hero Asian Cycling Championship at the Buddh International Circuit on Thursday.
Riders from the Central Asian country proved their mettle and endurance in the gruelling individual time-trial event in both elite men and under-23 category to take their medals tally to five, including two silver and a bronze.
With a gold and a bronze, Hong Kong occupy the second spot, while Uzbekistan and Mongolia, with one gold each, are tied at third.
In men’s elite individual time trial, Muradian Halmuratov from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan’s Daniil Fominykh fought hard for the title, but it was the former who emerged victorious in the 42.6km event.
Expressing satisfaction after winning the title, the Uzbek rider said, “I had been training for the continental meet for over three months. I am happy with the result.”
In the second race of the day, Kazakh rider Daniil Fominykh made no mistake in capturing gold in under-23 individual time trial.
Despite the home advantage, Gurmeet Singh finished 17th among 23 riders. Even Suresh Bishnoi was far from impressive in the U-23 event, finishing a disappointing 15th in the 28.4km race.
Winners individual time trial: Men elite: Muradian Halmuratov (UZB); U-23: Daniil Fominykh (KAZ).