BRISBANE, April 6 — The second day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia saw the national track cycling squad grappling to find an elusive medal and the gold rush which began yesterday for the national contingent slowed to halt.
National track cyclist Mohd Azizulhasni Awang ended the keirin event in the sixth place and failed to defend the bronze medal he won in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Track cycling queen, Fatehah Mustapa on the hand lost 0-2 to New Zealander Natasha Hansen in the women’s sprint quarter-finals.
In the weightlifting camp, the squad could not keep up the golden haul on the first day when medal prospect Muhamad Erry Hidayat could only lift 291kg in snatch and clean and jerk to take the fifth spot in the 69kg category.
The men’s and women’s hockey teams also failed to shine when the men’s squad lost 0-7 to England while the women’s team were beaten 1-4 by India.
The cheers came from the national badminton squad who cruised into the mixed team quarter-finals followed by Mohd Nafiizwan Mohd Adnan and Datuk Nicol David who won their matches in the men’s and women’s singles squash event respectively.
Tomorrow, the national contingent will continue their hunt for medals in weightlifting, track cycling as well as men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics. — Bernama