TOKYO: National track cyclist Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom was sent to the Juntendo University Shizuoka Hospital for further treatment after colliding with Great Britain’s Jack Carlin in the second heat of the first round of the men’s keirin races at the Izu Velodrome on Saturday.
Twenty five-year-old Olympic debutante Muhammad Shah Firdaus was trying to squeeze through a gap when the accident happened and then Kazakhstan’s Sergey Ponomaryov crashed into him. Both injured cyclists were forced to pull out when the race was re-started.
His injuries however did not deter him from producing a spirited and powerful performance during the first round repechage to finish second behind Kwesi Browne of Trinidad and Tobago and join teammate Azizulhasni Awang in the quarter-finals.
The medical team at the hospital are still conducting further examinations of the cyclist as he complained of pain in his left ribs but despite the pain he continues to race in the repecharges.
His current condition is unknown. -BERNAMA
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