Josiah wants more power
CLAIMING the underdog’s tag in the build-up to the Beijing Olympics in August, keirin rider Josiah Ng nevertheless remains confident of a shot at matching his showing of four years ago.
The difference is, Josiah entered the Athens Olympics on a hot streak of form, ranked among the favourites and ended up finishing fifth.
This time around, while statistics show the 28-year-old is a much improved rider, his UCI World Cup series results have been his worst the past five years.
“Just look at my times. I did 10.354s in the 200m sprint at the World Championships and ranked 25th. Four years ago, that would have ranked fifth,” said the 2004 Olympian of The Year.
“And four years ago, I did 10.510s in the Olympics and made it through the knockout stages.
“This time, that won’t be anything.
“I’m stronger and it shows, but the level of track sprinters at this moment is just amazing. I’ve got more horsepower, but now I have to find more.”
Josiah returned home on Monday for a week before returning to the national squad’s Melbourne base to begin the Olympics build-up.
He crashed in the opening round of the World Championships, ruining his chances, but this time around will have compatriot Azizul Hasni Awang for company in the keirin in Beijing.
Josiah has skipped the ongoing Asian Championships and his annual Japanese keirin programme in order to recover and fully focus on the August assignment.
“My job right now is to go and work on my power before the Olympics.”