KUALA LUMPUR, June 14– “This trophy is for Malaysia!”.
That was how young Malaysian rider Syarifuddin Azman reacted after emerging victorious at the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship in Barcelona, Spain, last night.
The 19-year-old SIC Racing rider said all the hard work put by him and the team, paid off with the maiden win despite having started from the 10th grid.
“We have worked so hard to find the right bike setup all weekend and it was all worth it. I would like to say thanks to my family, sponsors, team and friends. This trophy is for Malaysia.
“I am content and thankful for today. I won the first race but unfortunately, I crashed in the second race after another rider crashed into me,” he said a statement.
Nicknamed Damok, the Selangor-born emerged victorious after crossing the chequered flag in 29 minutes and 32.553 seconds in the 74.5-kilometre race, beating Spaniards David Munoz Rodriguez and Jose Antonio Rueda Ruiz to second and third places respectively.
However, luck was not on his side in Race 2 when he crashed out in the 11th lap.
The 25 points from the win helped Syarifuddin climb up to 10th place in the world championship standings with 31 points after five races, while Daniel Holgado of the Junior Aspar Team, who have won other four races this season, remains intact at the top with 113 points.
In the Moto2 Race 2, despite starting off from the 20th place, Adam Norrodin came close to a podium finish, settling for fourth place in a time of 30:22.746s, after crashing out in the 12th lap of Race 1.
The European Talent Cup (ETC) witnessed Sharul Ezwan Mohd Sharil grabbing the 14th spot, completing 15 laps in 28:40.727s, while Muhammad Hakim Danish Ramli was placed 19th in a time of 28:41.672s.
Meanwhile, Team Manager Zulfahmi Khairuddin is happy with the progress shown by the Malaysian young riders in the talent development championship, aiming towards the MotoGP World Championship.
“It has been an amazing day for us at SIC Racing where Damok won the first race, I am happy with the progress he did this week. For Adam, is not an easy weekend because he struggled with the bike, we couldn’t find the right bike setup for him this weekend.
“This is an important experience for Hakim Danish to race with the other European riders. All in all, it was a positive weekend and hopefully, we can keep this momentum for our next race,” he said referring to the next round of the championship at The Algarve International Circuit, Portugal on July 4.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican congratulated Damok’s achievement through his social media platform.
“Congratulations Syarifuddin Azman!
“His brave action in the last round has resulted in him emerging as the champion of the Moto3 Junior World Championship in Barcelona.
“Let’s give our support to him. Congratulations Syarifuddin, maintain performance, FULL GAS for next race,” he posted on Facebook.
Fruit Wholesaler Loses Over RM400,000 In Musang King Deal
KUANTAN, July 28 — A fruit wholesaler was cheated of RM414,932 by a man who pretended to be the buyer of his Musang King durians.
Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 29-year-old victim claimed that the suspect contacted him on June 30 to buy 10 baskets of durians.
“The victim claimed that the suspect had shown him a copy of an online transaction receipt as proof of payment, then his employee came to the shop to pick up the fruit on the same day.
“This caused the victim to trust the suspect and continued to sell durians to him from July 1 to 27 and payment was made directly to his company’s bank account,” he said in a statement today.
Mohd Wazir said the victim realised he had been cheated when the total price of RM414,932 was actually not credited to the account and he later lodged a police report at the Sungai Ruan police station in Raub.
Olympic Winners Love To Bite Their Medals, These Are The Reasons Why They Do It
Olympic winners throughout all the years often bite their medals on the podium and nobody knows why they love to do it as the reason why is such a mystery. In fact, it’s such an enduring mystery that even Olympic historians do not understand it in detail. It is not a chocolate coin wrapped in gold foil. That is indeed actual metal that composes that Olympic medal. At first, people always think they bite their medals just for the pose when their pictures are being taken. Little did many people in this whole wide world know, there are actually some unexpected reasons behind it.
A little bit of history. The Olympic Games as we know them first debuted in the year of 1896. However, at the first games, rather than gold, first place competitors won silver medals, second place won bronze. In the next Olympics in the year 1900, the winners mostly received trophies or even cups. It was not until the 1904 Olympics that medals made of solid gold were awarded to top athletes. These are the reasons why Olympic winners bite their own medals.
1) Purity Check
Traditionally, because gold is softer and more malleable than other metals, one way to determine whether or not it was real gold was to bite into it. If it is authentic, the Olympic winners’ teeth would have left an indentation.
2) Photographer Obsession
It has become an obsession with photographers. Shutterbugs consider the medal biting pose to be the shot that can make it to the front page of the next day’s newspaper and hence request the athletes to do so.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic medals are actually so unique as they are a product of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which saw the collection of small electronic devices such as used mobile phones from all over Japan to produce the Olympic and Paralympic medals.
Boxer Youness Baalla Tries To Bite Opponent’s Ear During Olympics Bout
ANKARA, July 28– Moroccan boxer Youness Baalla attempted to bite off his New Zealand opponent David Nyika’s ear during a match on Tuesday at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
According to Anadolu Agency, Baalla attempted to bite Nyika’s ear in the third and final round of the bout.
Nyika said, after the match, that it was unfortunate that the referee could not see what had happened.
“He couldn’t get my ear into his mouth. I am lucky for that,” said Nyika, who won 5-0 and advanced to quarter-final.
The fight drew comparisons with a 1997 infamous bout between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
In the second heavyweight championship match between the two in the US state of Nevada, Tyson bit a part of Holyfield’s ear off and was disqualified.
Tyson’s boxing licence was revoked for 15 months after the incident.
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