Razan Soboh claimed a bronze medal for Bahrain in the U-23 Women’s Individual Time Trial (ITT) category of the Asian Cycling Championship held yesterday at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.
Razan finished third in the ITT Women’s U-23 race category for the distance of 25.6km with a total time of 39:49:54 minutes. Razan came in third with 49:25 seconds difference from first place Yekaterina Yuraitis of Kazakhstan who finished with a total time of 39:00:29 minutes. Yao Pang of Hong Kong came second with a total time of 39:17:17 minutes.
Kim Thoi Lam of Vietnam finished in fourth place with a total time of 40:35:39 minutes, with Phetdarin Somrat of Thailand finishing in fifth place with a total time of 40:46:87 minutes. Nur Aisyah Mohamed of Malaysia finished sixth with a total time of 40:55:66 minutes. Renata Baymetova of Uzbekistan finished seventh with a total time of 41:52:14 minutes, while Parastoo Bastidehkharghani of Iran finished eighth with a total time of 44:47:17 minutes.
In the ITT U-23 Men’s category race with a distance of 25.6km, Rei Onodera of Japan bagged the gold medal with a total time of 34:21:16 minutes, followed by Zheng Zhang of China who claimed the silver with a total time of 34:26:69 minutes, while Yuriy Natarov of Kazakhstan claimed the bronze with a total time of 34:30:29 minutes.
Ka Hoo Fung of Hong Kong finished in fourth with a total time of 34:31:82 minutes, with Chih Hao Tu of Hong Kong coming in fifth with a total time of 34:39:52 minutes. Lafta Mohammed Al Shahn of Iraq finished sixth with a total time of 34:46:66 minutes, Bolor-Erdene Enkhtaivan of Mongolia came seventh with a total time of 34:50:77 minutes, while Peerapong Landgern of Thailand finished eighth with a total time of 35:28:64 minutes.
On this occasion, Bahrain Cycling Association President Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa praised the bronze-medal achievement of Razan.
Shaikh Khalid stressed that this achievement would never have been possible without the support of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa for the Bahrain Cycling Association (BCA), as well as the big efforts played by the BCA and the athletes who prepared hard for the event.
He added that this tournament will be a good opportunity for all the national team athletes to gain experience for the upcoming events.
Meanwhile, two races are scheduled for today, starting with a junior race to be held at 8am for a distance of 89.6km, followed by the prize presentation for this category. A race will also be held for Elite women’s category for a total distance of 89.6km starting at 12 noon, with the prize presentation to be held at 4pm.