New Straits Times
By : Ajitpal Singh
photo: Yusnar Yusup (left) and Nazulki Muda pose with their plaques after winning the 80km category and 160km respectively in the Malaysia Endurance Circuit Series Three at the Terengganu International Endurance Park yesterday. — PIC: SAIFULLIZAN TAMADI
ALTHOUGH, Mohd Azizie Ismail only finished second in the Malaysia Endurance Circuit Series Three yesterday, he was the biggest winner as he earned his second Certificate of Capability (COC) which qualifies him for the World Endurance Championships on Nov 6-9.
Mohd Azizie, who represented the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan Equestrian Club (TMKEC), completed the 160km-race at the Terengganu International Endurance Park (TIEP) in 12:43:20s astride Janor Fee.
The 24-year-old had earned his first COC in the event's Series Two in May at the same venue.
"It's great to qualify for the world meet. The race was tough as it was raining heavily today (yesterday). I'm lucky to be one of the only three competitors to finish the race," said Azizie, who pocketed RM3,000.
Azizie is the 12th Malaysian to qualify for the world meet. The quota offered to Malaysia is 12.
However, in the event that more than 12 locals qualify by the Aug 21 qualification deadline, a special trial will be held by the National Sports Institute before submitting the final list on Oct 1 to the Federation Equestrian International (FEI).
Currently, there are about 10 riders with a single COC competing in several tournaments in Argentina and Australia, gunning for the second certificate.
Only those with two COCs on a single horse qualify for the world meet.
The winner of the Series Three event was Darul Iman Endurance Team's (DIET) Nazulki Muda, astride Indiana Rose, who clocked 12:43:53s, while third place went to TEMKC's Zainuddin Yusof on Texas in 13.08.23s.
In the 80km category, Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club's (BKEC) Yusnar Yusop on Two Step clocked 6:25:30s to win from Kuala Lumpur City Hall's Muhd Arif Samsuri, astride Nagawangsa (6:39:16s). DIET's Azman Mat Rifin on Kelkette Park Dual (7:16:24) was third.
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