India finish second; Deborah wins 3 gold

NEW DELHI: A late medal surge on the final day of the Track Asia Cup here on Friday helped India finish second, racking up 16 medals, including five gold, four silver and seven bronze.

Hong Kong, the only team to win gold medals in double digits, topped the table with 11 gold, four silver and three bronze. Malaysia finished behind India at third position with three gold, four silver and two bronze in the 12-team event. Kazakhstan (2), Taiwan (2) and Iran (1) were the other teams to return home with gold. Macau, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka failed to win any medal.

India owed its good show to a golden hattrick by Deborah Herold, who won her third gold of the event on Friday in the women Sprint final. She, however, had to settle with a silver in her favourite Keirin event. She won four medals in all.

"I lost the easy gold, I lost my focus due to the collision of other riders," she said referring to the incident involving cyclists from Hong Kong and Malaysia. India other gold on the concluding day came in the women junior Sprint final, where the home team bagged first two positions. Nayana Rajesh took gold, while Anu Chutia won silver.

"I am satisfied with the performance of our cyclists, especially the juniors, who have lived up to the expectations," said India coach RK Sharma.

India finish second; Deborah wins 3 gold