Azizulhasni happy with bronze, but ‘was going for gold’

Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang is already looking four years ahead after winning bronze in the keirin event in Rio.

The 28-year-old was beaten to the gold by Jason Kenny of Great Britain, with Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands taking silver.

“I dedicate this medal to all Malaysians and to my wife and kids who sacrifice a lot over the years,” he said.

This is the “Pocket Rocketman’s” third attempt at Olympic glory after missing out on Beijing 2008 and finishing sixth in London 2012, and he is aiming to continue his year-on-year improvement.

“I was going for the gold, but the bronze is the result of hard work over the years and the beginning to mount for the gold in the 2020 Tokyo Games.”

Azizulhasni’s bronze is Malaysia’s second medal of the Rio 2016 Olympics, after Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong took silver in diving.