South Korea’s Choe wins men’s time trial

GUANGZHOU, China — South Korea’s Choe Hyeong-Min won the men’s individual time trial at the Asian Games on Saturday, finishing ahead of Eugen Wacker of Kyrgyzstan and Iran’s Hossein Askari.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 20 Nov 2010, 1:12 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:05 AM

Choe covered the three 17.8-kilometre laps in 1hr8min16.12 sec, finishing 10.78sec ahead of Wacker, with Askari 32.36sec behind the winner.

The South Korean, 20, was quick off the mark and set the fastest time in the opening lap of the race. He never trailed, averaging 46.932 kilometres an hour across the whole race.

“I’m very glad. Though I targeted the gold medal before the race, it is still beyond my expectations,” said 2008 Asian champion Choe, turning his attention to the Olympics.

“For the first lap I was a bit nervous and had a bit of a problem with my breathing and heartbeat. So for the second lap I tried to catch my breath and restore my confidence.

“It’s my top priority to win the gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.”

Wacker, who also finished second at the 2006 Asian Games, said: “It was a tough race and the 53.4-km course was a bit too long for me. I had to prepare well for such a long and hilly course. I’m very pleased with my performance.”

The 2010 Asian champion, Andrey Mizurov of Kazakhstan, could only finish in sixth place.

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