IT isn't about getting there, but about staying at the top when you get there.
And that is exactly what runs through the mind of new World No 1 keirin rider Azizul Hasni Awang after being confirmed at those heights in the latest world rankings released on Monday.
"Now, it is about maintaining that position and trying to get hold of the World Cup leader's jersey, which is something difficult, given our programme, but achievable. That is my target," said Azizul, when contacted in
Azizul sits atop the ranking with 570 points, 50 more than Francois Pervis of
The pint-sized Azizul is also the first Malaysian since Josiah Ng in 2005 to attain World No 1 status in the keirin.
That comes thanks to the reigning Asian keirin champion's explosive gold medal feat in Round Two of the UCI World Cup in
The national track sprints squad under Australian coach John Beasley will sit out the third round of the World Cup in
"Since we're missing the
"I think now, we can tell all Malaysians that they can start believing that we can achieve something, we can be right at the top. But this is not the climax yet. Our main goal is the World Championships."
The squad go to the New Zealand GP tomorrow and return to