SEA Games 2019:Podium finish cold comfort for Republic's cyclists
05 December 2019
Team Singapore cyclists Luo Yiwei and Goh Choon Huat could barely hide their disappointment despite finishing on the podium in the Individual Time Trial event at the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Thursday (5 Dec).
Luo Yiwei races as quickly as she can completing the 23.1km course 44:48.518. (Photo: SNOC)
Both had their eyes on the highest accolade but Yiwei took silver in the women’s event while Choon Huat’s effort was good enough for bronze in the men’s event.
Completing the 23.1km course in 44:48.518, Yiwei finished behind Jermyn Prado of the Philippines who was nearly four seconds faster (44:44.742). Thailand's Phetdarin Somrat came in third with a time of 44:58.152.
Former triathlete Yiwei said it was best to focus on the positives.
Luo Yiwei posing with her fellow medallists of the event. (Photo: SNOC)
“I gave my best effort to make this ride as good as it can get, so I’ll take it (the medal). I’m just glad that I could make my little contribution to the medal count for Singapore,” said the 29-year-old, whose Omnium silver at the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur was Singapore’s first ever women's medal in track cycling.
Track cycling is not offered at this edition of the SEA Games.
Looking ahead to her next race, the women’s individual mass start road race, Yiwei said she will be out to take advantage of good opportunities that present themselves, and aim for another podium finish.
As for Choon Huat, he completed the 35.4km course in 1:00:14.593, nearly two minutes slower than Indonesia’s Aiman Cahyadi who clinched the gold with a timing of 58:37.003. Thailand’s Thanakhan Chaiyasombat took silver with 59:20.535.
Luo Yiwei looks ahead to her next event in hopes of taking advantage of opportunities that will come her way. (Photo: SNOC)
Acknowledging the Indonesian’s dominance in the event, Choon Huat said: “I think I rode my best but just couldn't outride Aiman as he is just another level higher.”
Singapore’s other riders were Serene Lee, who finished 9th in the women’s event (47:51.189) while Yeo Boon Kiak placed 7th in the men’s event (1:05:46.942).