Malaysian track cycling ace Azizulhasni Awang who was injured in a high-speed collision during the keirin final at the UCI track cycling World Cup meeting in Manchester, England yesterday, remained in high spirits despite undergoing a minor thigh operation.
Azizulhasni who managed to pick himself up and cross the line with a seven-inch splinter of wood embedded in his leg, won the bronze and collected valuable world cup points.
National Sports Council (NSC) director-general who is in Manchester to witness the competition said he had to undergo a minor operation to remove the wood splinter in his left leg.
Based on the x-ray reading, the wood splinter did not damage tissues in his leg or bone, said Zolkples who was amazed by the rider's determination to carry on and finish third despite the fall and injury.
"Azizulhasni had told me that he did not feel any pain when he decided to regroup and continue the race. He only realised pain after finishing the race," he told Bernama when contacted Sunday.
"He was lucky to have escaped without any serious injury," he said.