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Kazakh cyclists make merry on Day 2

Kazakhstan riders continue to make merry on day two of the road races as they clinched two more medals - gold and silver -- in the Hero Asian Cycling Championship on Friday. The 22-year old Danill Fominykh bagged a gold for Kazakhstan in the men Under-23 time trial event after compatriot Andrey Mizurov bagged silver in the men's elite competition on a windy morning here at the Buddh International Circuit.

The gold medal in the men's elite time trial went to Uzbekistan's Muradian Halmuratov who finished the 42.6km race in 51:51.111 secs, ahead of Mizurov (52:00.601 secs). Eugen Wacker of Kyrgyzstan (52:22.073 secs) won the bronze.

In the morning, though, the riders had difficulty steering through the ups and downs of the Formula One track due to strong breeze blowing across the majestic racing arena.

‘It's difficult for riders to maintain a good speed in this strong wind. But, that's the beauty of the venue. Every rider had to adapt to the conditions,’ race commissioner Amar Singh said.

India's Gurmeet Singh finished 17th in the 22-rider race with a timing of 59:22.136 secs at an average speed of a little over 43 kilometres per hour.

The Armyman, however, was satisfied with his performance.

‘I started well and the finish was also good. I gave it my best. It was difficult to maintain balance on the cycle due to wind. My average speed was affected due to wind. I am overall happy with my performance,’ sai Singh, who is participating in his first international competition.

In the 28.4 km Under-23 trial event, Vietnam’s Duc Tam Trinh (34:37.079 secs) won the silver, finishing behind Fominykh (34:27.855 secs). The bronze went to Jaeyeon I M of Korea (35:27.195 secs). Suresh Bishnoi, the Indian cyclist in the race, finished 15th by clocking 39:16.362 secs while an Iran rider, Seyedmousa Mostafavi, backed out half way through the race after taking a wrong turn on the track.
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