New Delhi: Deborah Herold of India turned out to be the star performer for her country with having 3 gold and one silver at the Track Asia Cup. Out of the 16 medals grabbed by Indian Cyclists this was the most by any individual.
The tsunami survivor Deborah, however, lost the gold medal by a whisker in her favorite event ‘Keirin’ and had to be content with silver. Compatriot Kezia Varghesse earned bronze. The event saw a small mishap when two riders, one from Hong Kong and the other from Malaysia collided and fell down. Both were injured in the incident and were taken to medical attention. They couldn’t complete the race.
Speaking after the event, on losing the gold medal of her favorite event “Keirin”, Deborah said “I was unlucky that I lost the easy gold, I lost my focus due to the collision of other riders.”
Speaking about the preparations for next edition of the event, she said, “I am determined to do better in the Asian Track Cycling Championship to be held in India in February 2017 where riders from nearly 31 countries will take part”.
The four medals of Deborah were evenly distributed on the two days, first and final; however, it was the color of medal that differed- while on the first day, she won two gold medals, she couldn’t redo this at the third and final day when she won a gold and a silver. She is looking forward to get better with each outing to be a name of recognition in the world championships.