Karachi: Both the female cyclists from Pakistan – Kanza Malik and Asma Jan – were at bottom of the result sheets after women’s elite individual time trial event in World Road Cycling Championship in Flanders, Belgium.
Fourty-nine cyclists from different countries participated in the event, Kanza finished 48 while Asma finished 49th in 30.3km race. However, both displayed their career best speeds during the championship.
Kanza completed the distance with timing of 50:54.07 at an average speed of 35.716kmh. She was 14 minutes and 48.7 seconds behind the top cyclist Dijk van Ellen of Netherlands.
This was her personal best speed in 30.3km individual time trial events with previously reaching at best speed of 34.2kmh.
Asma Jan, the cyclist from Karachi, was at last position – the 49th – with completing the distance in 51 minute and 49.31 seconds. Her average speed throughout the competition was 35.082 kmh. Her previous best speed was 30.6kmh.
This was the first time for Pakistani women in World Cycling Championship and team’s manager Shoaib Nizami feels that it was an important learning experience for the players. He added that the fact that players have showcased their personal bests during the championship highlights the importance of frequent events at home.