XI'AN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Two 21-year-old cyclists won the men's and women's road cycling individual time trial respectively at China's 14th National Games on Friday.
Xue Ming of team Tianjin clocked a time of 46 minutes and 46 seconds 822 to win the 40-kilometer men's time trial, beating Bai Lijun of team Heilongjiang to second place in 47:21.135. Guo Liang of team Jiangsu took the bronze in 47:47.145.
"I hope one day I could stand on the podium in international competitions, winning glory for my country," a confident Xue revealed after winning gold.
Also born in 2000 and making her National Games debut, Wang Tingting of team Liaoning grabbed the gold of the 20km women's time trial in 24:11.094. The silver went to Wei Suwan of team Jiangsu in 24:43.721 and Wang's teammate Tan Jiale bagged the bronze in 24:50.269.
China has only two cyclists competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic road cycling, and both did not finish the race.
"We still lagged behind in road cycling. For young Chinese cyclists, there is still a long way to go to win a medal in major international events, such as world championships and Olympic Games," said Liaoning team coach Zhang Chun Hang.
China won its first Olympic cycling gold in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as Zhong Tianshi and Gong Jinjie were crowned in the track cycling women's team sprint. Zhong Tianshi and Bao Shanju successfully defended this title for China at Tokyo 2020.
"Our athletes are capable of winning medals, and I believe one day they will stand on the podium in road cycling major international competitions," added Zhang. Enditem