IPOH: No words could describe how Athiah Ilyana Abd Samat felt as she watched her husband, Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, sprint past the finish line to bring home the gold medal in keirin at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong last night.
“I was screaming at the top of my lungs when I saw Azizulhasni won the gold medal on television.
“I cannot describe how happy I am. He was telling me repeatedly that he will win the rainbow jersey this year for our daughters, Amna Maryam and Amna Khadeeja.
“In fact, they were jumping up and down and chanting ‘Abi won!’” she said, as she hugged 4-year-old Maryam and 19-month-old Khadeeja, tight.
Athiah added that with the win, Azizulhasni’s aim for this year has been accomplished.
The 31-year-old shared that she was waiting to watch the race on YouTube before family members in Terengganu phoned to let her know that it was live on Astro.
“Alhamdulillah I was elated when he made it to the final six,” she told a group of reporters when met at her family residence in Meru here today.
As Azizulhasni’s wife and partner, Athiah said she gives her full support to her 29-year-old husband and she is constantly motivating him.
She makes sure that the family follows him to his trainings whenever possible so that he can spend some time with the girls.
“I will always tell him that nothing is impossible and that he is a champion, before the start of any race. He will always call and Face Time us, asking for our prayers,” the housewife shared.
Athiah added that in order to maintain his top form, Azizulhasni is very strict with his diet and was even willing to reduce his off days to concentrate on training.
She hoped that his success would be exemplary to the young generation and advised those who are keen on following the Pocket Rocket Man’s footsteps to be disciplined.
“I would also advise the youngsters who love to cycle to put their safety first by donning on proper cycling attire and to use the facilities provided by the Youth and Sports Ministry for training instead of going on the normal roads, which not only poses a danger to themselves but other road users too.
“Even though Malaysia is small, her athletes can go far and gain recognition in the world of sports with discipline and confidence,” she said.
Azizulhasni, who is taking the Bachelor in Sport Science at Victoria University in Australia, is expected to return to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. The second-year student will then fly back to Melbourne with his family.