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Kazakhstan hold the top spot with 1283.75 points. With 1230 points, Team India is at the second position just 30 points ahead of third-ranked Japan (1200).
The surge in the sport is not an overnight success as the junior players cycled a long way to put India on the world map. The credit also goes to chief national coach VN Singh for his never-ending effort in transforming budding cyclists into champions in such a short span of time.
Last year, teenager Esow Alben scripted history by winning India’s maiden medal in track cycling at the world level. The 17-year-old claimed silver in the Men’s Keirin event of the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland.
Esow was only 0.017 seconds adrift of Czech Republic’s Jakub Stastny, who secured gold in the pulsating final few seconds of the race. Although, it was a maiden Worlds medal for India in track cycling, Esow’s credentials and talent were never in doubt.
He became the world No. 1 junior sprint cyclist after a stupendous show at the Asian Track Championships, the 2018 Cottbuser Sprint Cup 2 and GP Brno Track Cycling competitions.