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Cyclists compete during the Track Asia Cup in New Delhi Oct. 10, 2017. (Cycling Federation of India of Facebook photo)

NEW DELHI — Indian cyclists won nine medals, including five gold, to open their campaign on a rousing note in the Track Asia Cup at the IG Stadium Complex Velodrome here Oct. 10.

Eight final events were held on the opening day Oct. 10 and India won gold in five of them. They also won four silver medals.

In the senior elite category, India's top cyclist Deborah bagged two silver medals.

She failed to convert the color of medal this year again in women's 500m elite event and managed a silver with 36.083 seconds, behind China's Yufang Guo who completed the race in 35.071 seconds.

Deborah's average speed was 49.885 km/hr which was not enough to win the gold. Indonesia's Crismonita Dwi Putri won the bronze in the event.

Deborah also won another silver in the team sprint event along with Aleena Reji with a timing of 35.404. Chaorul Song and Shanju Bao of China won the gold in 34.073. The bronze went to Indonesia with 35.938 seconds.

Ashwin Patil opened India's campaign by winning a gold in the 15km point race event in the junior men's category with 29 points. Patil secured five points each in the first four sprints and made an easy win.

Team-mate Naman Kapil won the silver with 29 points while Hassan of Saudi Arabia secured a bronze with 21 points.

Sushikala Agashe and Mayuri then earned another gold for India by winning the team sprint event of junior women’s category with 37.000 seconds, ahead of Joyshree and Vaishnavi of another Indian team, SAINCA, who clocked 39.544. The bronze medal was won by the United Arab Emirates.

Agashe showed her supremacy in the 500m time trial event by winning a gold in 37.702 seconds followed by Evanglina Liontin of Indonesia who clocked 41.545. The UAE won the bronze in this event. Agashe's average speed was 47.743km/hr.

A national record was also set by men's elite team Sahil Kumar, Ranjit Singh and Apollonius when they clocked 47.399 seconds – better than the Asian Games gold medal time – in the team sprint event, and won the gold. Saudi Arabia was far behind satisfy with the silver at 49.248 seconds.

India's men junior team, J.K. Ashwin, Mayur Pawar and Abhishek Kashid, won a gold with 47.397s in team sprint event.

Another silver came in men's junior team pursuit 4km event at 4:38.632. Saudi Arabia won gold in this event (4:38.220s) while SAINCA bagged the bronze.

At the end of the opening day, a delighted India coach R.K. Sharma said, "I'm happy with the commendable show of our athletes and in 2018 Asian Games I'm confident our athletes will surely win medals."

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