Phan Hoang Thai of Viet Nam won a silver medal at the 23rd Asian Junior Cycling Championships yesterday in Oshima, Japan.
Thai came second in the men’s junior road race with a time of 2hr 50.23min, just a hair behind Dinmukhammed Ulysbayev of Kazakhstan. The host’s Hanada Kiyomasa finished third and claimed the bronze.
Another Vietnamese Tran Duc Tien placed fifth.
The event featured more than 40 athletes racing a 107km stage.
Thai and Ulysbayev broke away from the peloton at the 70km mark, opening up a one-minute gap with the chasing group.
“The Kazakhstani rider was more experienced than Thai and he successfully passed my cyclist in the last metres with powerful pedals to take the title,” said coach Mai Cong Hieu from Japan.
Two days ago Thai also came second in the time trial event but his result was not recognised as judges said he took a short cut & crossed the centre white line.
Viet Nam’s Pham Le Xuan Hong competed in the women’s junior road race. She did not finish.
Today, cyclists will participate in the 36th Asian Cycling Championships’s women’s 167km road race event at the same venue
Representing Viet Nam are Southeast Asian Games winner Nguyen Thi That and Phan Thi Lieu.
Meanwhile Huynh Thanh Tung will compete in the men’s U23 119km road race event.