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Ario Sejati claims men's downhill

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Pei Ni Chou (Chinese Taipei) finished fifth in the elite women's downhill.

Pei Ni Chou (Chinese Taipei) finished fifth in the elite women's downhill.
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Risa Suseanty (Indonesia) crosses the finish line in the elite women's downhill.

Risa Suseanty (Indonesia) crosses the finish line in the elite women's downhill.
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Mio Suemasa (Japan) is all smiles after winning the elite women's downhill.

Mio Suemasa (Japan) is all smiles after winning the elite women's downhill.
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Mio Suemasa (Japan) is number one.

Mio Suemasa (Japan) is number one.
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The junior women's podium (l-r): Bui Thi Quyen (Vietnam), 2nd; Vipavee Deekaballes (Thailand), 1st; Kuan Hui Wu (Chinese Taipei), 3rd.

The junior women's podium (l-r): Bui Thi Quyen (Vietnam), 2nd; Vipavee Deekaballes (Thailand), 1st; Kuan Hui Wu (Chinese Taipei), 3rd.
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The top three finishers in the elite women's downhill (l-r): Risa Suseanty (Indonesia), 2nd; Mio Suemasa (Japan), 1st; Aussanee Pradupyard (Thailand), 3rd.

The top three finishers in the elite women's downhill (l-r): Risa Suseanty (Indonesia), 2nd; Mio Suemasa (Japan), 1st; Aussanee Pradupyard (Thailand), 3rd.
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Mio Suemasa (Japan) is the elite women's downhill champion.

Mio Suemasa (Japan) is the elite women's downhill champion.
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Mio Suemasa (Japan) celebrates her victory in the elite women's downhill.

Mio Suemasa (Japan) celebrates her victory in the elite women's downhill.
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The elite women's downhill top three with event VIPs.

The elite women's downhill top three with event VIPs.
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The elite women's podium (l-r): Risa Suseanty (Indonesia), 2nd; Mio Suemasa (Japan), 1st; Aussanee Pradupyard (Thailand), 3rd.

The elite women's podium (l-r): Risa Suseanty (Indonesia), 2nd; Mio Suemasa (Japan), 1st; Aussanee Pradupyard (Thailand), 3rd.
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Elite women's dowhill champion Mio Suemasa (Japan).

Elite women's dowhill champion Mio Suemasa (Japan).
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Mio Suemasa (Japan) on her way to winning the elite women's downhill.

Mio Suemasa (Japan) on her way to winning the elite women's downhill.
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Risa Suseanty (Indonesia) catches some air en route to a second place finish in the elite women's downhill.

Risa Suseanty (Indonesia) catches some air en route to a second place finish in the elite women's downhill.
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Sina Sahihi (Islamic Republic of Iran) en route to an eighth place finish in the junior men's downhill.

Sina Sahihi (Islamic Republic of Iran) en route to an eighth place finish in the junior men's downhill.
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Leung Chun Yin (Hong Kong, China) finished 10th in the junior men's downhill.

Leung Chun Yin (Hong Kong, China) finished 10th in the junior men's downhill.
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Action in the elite men's downhill.

Action in the elite men's downhill.
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An elite men's downhill competitor gets some encouragement.

An elite men's downhill competitor gets some encouragement.
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Ghazali Hakiki Ali Samson (Malaysia) finished 13th in the elite men's downhill.

Ghazali Hakiki Ali Samson (Malaysia) finished 13th in the elite men's downhill.
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One of the elite men's downhill competitors airs it out.

One of the elite men's downhill competitors airs it out.
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A rider in the elite men's downhill takes flight.

A rider in the elite men's downhill takes flight.
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An elite men's downhill competitor about to touch down after catching some air.

An elite men's downhill competitor about to touch down after catching some air.
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Muhammad Aim Mohd Fauzi (Malaysia), third place finisher in the junior men's downhill.

Muhammad Aim Mohd Fauzi (Malaysia), third place finisher in the junior men's downhill.
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The junior men's top three pose with event VIPs.

The junior men's top three pose with event VIPs.
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The junior men's podium: Hildan Atosma Katana (Indonesia), 2nd; Kazuki Shimizu (Japan), 1st; Muhammad Aim Mohd Fauzi (Malaysia), 3rd.

The junior men's podium: Hildan Atosma Katana (Indonesia), 2nd; Kazuki Shimizu (Japan), 1st; Muhammad Aim Mohd Fauzi (Malaysia), 3rd.
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The elite men's downhill podium (l-r): Naoki Idegawa (Japan), 2nd; Popo Ario Sejati (Indonesia), 1st; Tanaphon Jarupeng (Thailand), 3rd.

The elite men's downhill podium (l-r): Naoki Idegawa (Japan), 2nd; Popo Ario Sejati (Indonesia), 1st; Tanaphon Jarupeng (Thailand), 3rd.
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The elite men's downhill podium finishers with event VIPs.

The elite men's downhill podium finishers with event VIPs.
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Elite men's downhill champion Popo Ario Sejati (Indonesia) gets splashed by his teammates.

Elite men's downhill champion Popo Ario Sejati (Indonesia) gets splashed by his teammates.
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Ha The Long (Vietnam) crashed during the junior men's downhill.

Ha The Long (Vietnam) crashed during the junior men's downhill.
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Mio Suemasa (Japan) and Popo Ario Sejati (Indonesia) won the elite downhill championships at the Asian Continental Championships on Saturday in Malaysia.

Suemasa, a regular on the downhill and four cross World Cup circuit, defeated Risa Suseanty (Indonesia) by over 15 seconds and Aussanee Pradupyard (Thailand) by 27 seconds.

"The downhill track here is totally different from Japan, I hope that the Malaysian Cycling Federation can organize more mountain bike events here," said Suemasa, who also complimented organizers on the course.

Ario Sejati won the elite men's race ahead of Naoki Idegawa (Japan) and Tanaphon Jarupeng (Thailand) by four and 11 seconds respectively.

"I've only been competing for two years," said a happy Ario Sejati. "The other riders were also very competitive."

Japan also took top honors in the junior men's race. Kazuki Shimizu won by just over one second. Hildan Atosma Katana (Indonesia) was second and Muhammad Aim Mohd Fauzi (Malaysia) was third.

"The Asian (junior) competitors are as 'fierce' as in Europe," said Shimiz, who also added that he liked the track.
Both Atosma Katana and Mohd Fauzi were among those using the race as training for the upcoming SEA Games in Laos.

"I really hope to win gold in the upcoming SEA Games in Laos," said Atosma Katana.

"I'm very dissapointed that I didn't win the gold medal. If I am chosen to compete in SEA Games - Laos, I will do my best to make up for my loss here today," said Mohd Fauzi.

Thailand's Vipavee Deekaballes won the junior women's race ahead of Bui Thi Quyen (Vietnam) and Kuan Hui Wu (Chinese Taipei). Deekaballes' margin of victory was over one minute.

Elite men
1Popo Ario Sejati (Indonesia)0:02:39.498
2Naoki Idegawa (Japan)0:00:04.119
3Tanaphon Jarupeng (Thailand)0:00:10.785
4Junya Nagata (Japan)0:00:11.782
5Hong Chun Tan (Singapore)0:00:15.754
6Stanley Jalip Jr. (Malaysia)0:00:16.077
7Jun-Sung Park (Korea)0:00:17.343
8Suherlan Agus (Indonesia)0:00:18.105
9Ian Francis Krempl (Singapore)0:00:20.788
10Sitichai Ketkaewmanee (Thailand)0:00:21.159
11Ssu Han Chiang (Chinese Taipei)0:00:22.696
12Tsui King Man (Hong Kong, China)0:00:23.530
13Ghazali Hakiki Ali Samson (Malaysia)0:00:25.517
14Seyedjamal Hosseini (Islamic Republic of Iran)0:00:25.838
15Lau Shu Sum (Hong Kong, China)0:00:26.196
16Hock Cheng Seow (Malaysia)0:00:27.823
17Mohd Herman Mohd Arsek (Singapore)0:00:28.023
18Eleazar Barba Jr. (Philippines)0:00:29.437
19Mohd Elmi Jumari (Malaysia)0:00:32.508
20Hossein Rafiei (Islamic Republic of Iran)0:00:36.784
21Amin Takandi (Islamic Republic of Iran)0:00:37.145
22Cheng Yu Chiang (Chinese Taipei)0:00:41.581
23Mohamad Reza Nouri (Islamic Republic of Iran)0:01:00.706
24Mohd Raihaan Abd Aziz (Brunei Darussalam)0:01:08.824

Elite women
1Mio Suemasa (Japan)0:03:01.597
2Risa Suseanty (Indonesia)0:00:15.336
3Aussanee Pradupyard (Thailand)0:00:27.544
4Tomoko Iizuka (Japan)0:00:30.114
5Pei Ni Chou (Chinese Taipei)0:00:39.298
6Min-Hee Joo (Korea)0:01:09.152
7Norsyuhaini Othman (Malaysia)0:01:10.044
8Masziyaton Mohd Radzi (Malaysia)0:01:22.103

Junior men
1Kazuki Shimizu (Japan)0:02:56.011
2Hildan Atosma Katana (Indonesia)0:00:01.309
3Muhammad Aim Mohd Fauzi (Malaysia)0:00:09.677
4Norshahriel Ahmad Nazali (Malaysia)0:00:13.860
5Jae-Kyu Lee (Korea)0:00:14.370
6Chatchai Jarupeng (Thailand)0:00:21.285
7Muhamad Fareez Borhanudin (Malaysia)0:00:32.759
8Sina Sahihi (Islamic Republic of Iran)0:00:39.403
9William Chan Yue Shin (Singapore)0:00:41.527
10Leung Chun Yin (Hong Kong, China)0:00:47.465
11Wei Chin Un (Chinese Taipei)0:00:49.865
12Ha The Long (Vietnam)0:01:43.513
13Leon Harith A.Hamid (Malaysia)0:01:43.840

Junior women
1Vipavee Deekaballes (Thailand)0:03:42.402
2Bui Thi Quyen (Vietnam)0:01:05.466
3Kuan Hui Wu (Chinese Taipei)0:01:50.381

 

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