Jupha blows hot and cold to leave coach Beasley baffled

Jupha blows hot and cold to leave coach Beasley baffled


NILAI,.  Jupha Somnet is headed for the Gold Coast Common­wealth Games in April and head coach John Beasley is wondering which Jupha will show up.

Jupha was brilliant en route to winning the women’s points race event in the Asian Track Champion­ships in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, last Friday.

Hopes were on the 24-year-old Perlis-born Jupha to contend for a medal in the women’s scratch race but she was only placed eighth yesterday.

“I saw the best of Jupha in the points race last week and I saw the old Jupha today.

 “But only she can change herself, the way she goes about things.

“She missed the boat to the last Olympics in Rio because of her complacency. I believe in giving opportunities to everyone but it’s up to her what she does with it.

“She is a quality athlete but she needs to have the right mentality. If she doesn’t, someone else will take the opportunity,” said Beasley.

Jupha will join Fatehah Mustapa and Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan in the track events at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

Malaysia’s hopes of a medal on the final day of the competition in Nilai fizzled out after Fatehah failed to step up in the women’s keirin final.

Fatehah snatched a place in the top-six final after she finished third in her second round heat.

However, Fatehah’s finishing let her down as she ended last. Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze achieved a hattrick of wins by adding the keirin to the 500m time trial and sprint events won earlier.

“I tried my best to win a medal in front of the home supporters but it’s not my day.

“I will stay positive and work on my weaknesses to get ready for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next,” said Fatehah, who won a bronze in the 500m time trial on Saturday.

Malaysia ended the five-day championships (elite and junior combined) with a total of 2-3-4.

In the track para cycling competition, the para cyclists dominated by winning nine out of the 11 gold medals at stake.

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