Deborah wins first medal for hosts.
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.
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