BITTER_SWEET DAY FOR HONG KONG AS THEY WON THREE MORE BRONZE MEDALS
Incheon, 22 September, 2014 – Hong Kong added three more bronze medals on Monday with squash and fencing the successful sports. But it was still a day of missed opportunities as the chance to win medals of a higher quality was spurned.
It was bitter-sweet for squash with Max Lee Ho-yin taking the bronze medal and becoming the first male player to win an individual medal since Faheem Khan’ s bronze at the Bangkok 1998 Asian Games.
But Lee, 25, was left ruing his missed chance to go for gold after losing a tense semi-final to Abdullah Al Muzayen of Kuwait losing 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 6-11, 8-11.
“I’ m disappointed to lose as I thought I could win a gold or a silver medal. But he is a difficult opponent to play, I have met him twice before and lost 3-2 on both occasions. But at least I have the bronze,” said Lee.
In the women’ s semi-finals, Annie Au Wing-chi struggled to find her bearings on the all-glass centre court to lose to Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern 9-11, 5-11, 5-11.
“It was difficult out there. I was struggling to get used to the ball and the court while my opponent had played twice on centre court before. I’ m a little bit disappointed,” said Au who won a silver medal four years ago in Guangzhou.
In Au’s case, defeat was expected, at least on paper with her opponent ranked seventh in the world, four places above the Hong Kong girl. But in Lee’s case, he is currently ranked 20th in the world, 26 places higher than his Kuwaiti opponent.
With no third place play-off, both Lee and Au won bronze medals. They now turn their attention to the team events.
Hong Kong’s other success on Monday came in fencing with Vivian Kong Man-wai clinching bronze in the women’s epee individual. It took the overall medal tally to one gold and six bronze medals.
There was disappointment in the pool for Hong Kong ace Siobhan Haughey who missed out on a bronze, finishing fourth in the women’s 100 metres swimming freestyle final.
“This result was not what I expected. I am not happy,” said Haughey who finished with a time of 54.94.