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Deborah wins first medal for hosts.

SHE was tipped as India's brightest prospect at the Asian Cycling Championship here, and Deborah did justice to her billing in the women's junior category with a bronze medal in the 500m time trial.

Deborah made a false start that marred her prospects to some extent but came back brilliantly in her second attempt to finish with a timing of 37.841 seconds.

South Korea's Yeonhee Jang bagged the gold clocking 37.159 seconds while Chinese Taipei's Yu Shiou Cheng bagged the silver in 37.834 secs.

" I got a little nervous after the false start and in a short race like this once you begin on a wrong note much of your energy is sapped. But I remained calm and am happy that I opened India's account here," said Deborah, who hails from Nicobar.

However, later in the day, she lost in the scratch race ( 7.5 km) but still has a chance to win another medal in the sprint where she has reached the semifinals and will take on Malaysia's Farihah Sha on Saturday. In the 2km- individual pursuit, India's Jasanjit Kaur faces Yekaterina Yuraitis of Kazakhstan for the bronze medal on Friday.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Muhammad Firdua set a meet record in the 1km time trial event on his way to winning a gold. His timing of 1: 05.758 seconds bettered the previous mark of 1: 06.493 seconds held by Japanese Shugo Hayasaka.

Korean Hyeonseok Kim ( 1: 07.44) and Hayato Okamoto of Japan ( 1: 07.683) finished second and third respectively.

Among the other Indians, Mahitha Mohan finished seventh in the points race ( 20 km). The race was won by Wan Yiu Wong of Hong Kong.

The Andaman and Nicobar girl overcomes a false start to win bronze in the 500m time trial

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
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Date:Mar 8, 2013
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