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Wang Zhen cycles towards gold in men's cross country mountain bike

2014-10-01 14:29:00 OCA

30 Sep 2014, Incheon, Korea: China's Wang Zhen, who seemed to be in a great physical condition,won the Men’s Cross Country Cycling Mountain Bike Race at the 17th Incheon Asian Games in style. It looked very easy for the Chinese rider, with his amazing cycling skills, in winning the Gold medal at the YeongjongBaegunsan MTB Coursevenue on Tuesday morning.

It took Wang Zhen of China 1 hour 42 minutes and 34 seconds to bag the Gold medal; however the path to victory was full of ups and downs. He faced tough competition from Kohei Yamamoto, Japanese rider and Chung Hing Chan from Hong Kong.

What looked like a three man competition soon changed with Wang over taking the race leader Yamamoto in the final stages of the 27.6 Kilometer race course. In the later stage of the race, Chung Hing Chan also zoom passed Yamamoto and bagged the Silver for Team Hong Kong which eventually resulted in a Bronze for team Japan.

Wang said that he was very excited to win the gold medal, and that his result was the fruit of his hard work that he put in while training for the competition. He also went on saying that there was some kind of luck that followed him in winning the Gold.

When asked about the race course, he said: "Some areas of the course were very steep and made it very difficult to keep the momentum, however I'm really satisfied with the course." Chun Hing Chan, silver medalist, said that he expected to do much better. “This was not the result I expected, I thought I’d win the race but I am happy to have come second. I am satisfied with my time.” The difference between the first and second was only 53 seconds.

Yamamoto, who started MTB racing only in 2013, said he was very happy with his result. “I thought I would win the gold as I was in the first place till the fourth lap. Although I am happy to win the bronze for Japan I will practice harder so that I can win a gold medal in the next Asian Game.” In addition, he congratulated the other two winners saying that they were very strong to have over taken him during the race. (By Park Minsung, OCA Youth Reporter, South Korea)

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