Port Blair/ New Delhi, Oct. 7:  Indian junior riders made a sensational start to their campaign in the Track Asia Cycling Championship in Thailand by winning one gold and three silver medal on the opening day.

Teen sensation from Andaman and Nicobar, Deborah, bagged the gold medal in the Time Trial event while Manorama Devi bagged silver medals in Scratch and Point races and Dilawar Singh from Haryana added the third silver in Point race for India.

The Indian contingent has been taking big strides in Asian cycling ever since the last edition of the Asian championship in New Delhi in March, where India won two silver and two bronze for the first time ever.

The performance of the Indian contingent had even attracted the Korean Cycling Federation, who had invited both Deborah and Manorama Devi to train with their national squad before this championship.

"Indian cycling has been on the rise and these results are very encouraging for all of us. These players have put in a lot of hard work in the last few months and I am extremely happy that they could translate those efforts into medal," said Onkar Singh, secretary, Cycling Federation of India.

Back in the A&N Islands, the home of Deborah, the Secretary and members of Andaman & Nicobar Cycling Association have congratulated Island Cyclist Deborah for achieving Gold Medal in Time Trial (Junior Category) event for the country in the Track Asia Cup 2013 being held at Thailand.

The Secretary and members of A&N Cycling Association have appreciated the Cycling Federation of India for giving opportunity for advance coaching at South Korea, which has helped Deborah and other Cyclist for attaining Medals for the country. It is a proud moment for the Cycling Federation of India and the Andaman & Nicobar Cycling Association.

At Car Nicobar, the Island from where Deborah hails, the Captains, Village Leaders and the villagers at large have rejoiced her achievement. In a communication to Andaman Chronicle, a villager from Kakana said, “We are proud of her. May God bless her and enable her to bring more laurels to the islands”.