Asia Track Cup 2019: India tops medal tally

Ronaldo Laitonjam won his fourth gold of the meet as India picked up three medals on the concluding day to emerge overall champion in the Track Asia Cup cycling competition.

Representative Image: India picked up three medals on the concluding day to emerge overall champion in the Track Asia Cup cycling competition here on Wednesday.   -  AP

Ronaldo Laitonjam won his fourth gold of the meet as India picked up three medals on the concluding day to emerge overall champion in the Track Asia Cup cycling competition here on Wednesday.

India topped the medal tally with 10 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals as the tournament came to an end at the IGI Sports Complex. The home team clinched two golds and one bronze on final day on Wednesday.

Uzbekistan finished overall second with four golds and three silvers while Malaysia secured third place with four golds and a silver.

Ronaldo once again hogged the limelight by winning a gold in junior men’s keirin event, his fourth of the meet. Ronaldo had earlier collected a gold each in sprint, 1km time trial and team sprint junior events.

In keirin, out of five rounds, cyclists have to win through their speed in the last 2.5 rounds and Ronaldo finished ahead of Kazakhstan riders Arlanbek and Alexandr Safarov.

“This is the best ever performance of my career and in every event I improved my timing, this is most important and with the blessings of my family, I achieved it,” Ronaldo said after winning his fourth gold.

Gold for Alben

Esow Alben, current World No. 1, also won a gold in men's elite keirin event and collected crucial points required to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Thailand rider Worayut Kapunya won the silver while Amarjeet Singh added a bronze to India’ tally.

Deborah Harold and Mayuri Lute of India had a disappointing outing in women’s elite keirin as they were not able to enter the top six. Top three places went to Fatehah of Malaysia, Crismontia of Indonesia and Cho Yiu of Hongkong respectively.