Shillong, May 5: Kevin John Khyllait of Longki Ingding village in Eastern West Khasi Hills won the maiden elite MTB (mountain bike) cross country competition organised by the Meghalaya Cycling Association as part of the 4th Meghalaya Games here, completing 3 laps in 1 hour and 11 minutes, officials said.

The two-day cycling event was held at Malki Forest and finished today.

Maitshaphrang Kharwanlang and Gilbert Wahlang, both of South West Khasi Hills bagged second and third places respectively.

Khyllait also won the Khasi Hills Challenge 1.0 at Kharang village recently and is sponsored by the Shillong Press Club.

Reuben Nicol Kharchandy and Anissa Lamare took gold in the downhill category for elite men and women respectively, while Nicholas Syrti of East Jaintia Hills won gold in the downhill hardtail (meaning no rear suspension) while Taitus Ch Marak of North Garo Hills and Aaron Oniel Kharpuri (EKH) bagging the silver and bronze respectively.

Kharchandy, a student of St Edmunds School here, is currently appearing for his Class 10 examinations and has been riding DH and Enduro bike for three years now, he said.

In the junior category, Pynshailang Khyllait (EWKH) won gold (pictured crossing the finish line) while Thrangskhem Pariong (WKH) and Kyrmenskhem Nongram (EWKH) won silver and bronze respectively.

In the cross country race for females, Balasiewdor Wahlang (SWKH), Lamtimai Khyllait (EWKH) and Aidotis Khyllait (EWKH) won gold, silver and bronze respectively.

Over a 100 cyclists took part at the various competition during the past two days.

(Meghalaya State Olympic Association photo)

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