In the sprint event on the final day of the Asian Track Championship in New Delhi on Wednesday, Ronaldo Singh made history by becoming the first Indian cyclist to earn a silver medal in a continental competition in the senior division.
The feat accomplished by Ronaldo was the best in a continental competition by an Indian cyclist. Even though he fought hard against the skilled rider Kento Yamasaki of Japan, he won silver.
To place first on the podium, Yamasaki overcame Ronaldo in back-to-back races. Andrey Chugay of Kazakhstan took home the bronze in the competition.
“Ronaldo’s silver medal was the first one an Indian had ever won at the Asian Championships. His silver-winning achievement is the best ever by an Indian in a continental championship because no Indian has ever won a gold in our history “Onkar Singh, the head of the Indian Cycling Federation, told PTI
His third medal of the competition was Ronaldo’s silver on Wednesday. He had previously won bronze in the team sprint and 1 km time trial.
Ronaldo won the semi-final match against Chugay of Kazakhstan in the morning. The Indian came from behind to win the next two races and advance to the final.
“Although I had gold in mind, I’m also content with the first-ever silver. My career’s best performance to yet is this one. My technique improved in every competition, which is crucial “Added Ronaldo.
Ronaldo broke the 10-second barrier in the 200-meter flying time trial on Tuesday while advancing to the semifinals of the men’s Elite sprint race, becoming the world junior champion and Asian record holder in the process.