SARAH LEE COMPLETES DOUBLE AND ENTERS HISTORY BOOKS
Incheon, 25 September, 2014 – Sarah LEE Wai-sze became the first Hong Kong athlete to win two gold medals at one Asian Games when she completed a cycling double on Thursday.
LEE grabbed with both hands a second chance to win the gold medal in the women’s individual sprint when her Chinese opponent ZHONG Tianshi was disqualified in the second race and that opening was enough for the Hong Kong star to win gold.
LEE, who had won gold in the women’s keirin earlier in the week, won a dramatic third race decider against China’s former world champion ZHONG who was penalized in the second race after she entered the sprinter’s lane when LEE was already there.
ZHONG had won the first race and seemed to have edged LEE in the second race too. But her relegation gave LEE the opening as the duel was pushed the battle into a tense third race where LEE just managed to ward off the mainland ace for gold.
The gold medal in track cycling ended a successful day for Hong Kong who had also won two silver medals in rowing and a historical gold medal in gymnastics.
Singles sculler LEE Ka-man admitted she failed to produce her best as she had to settle for silver for the second successive day as Hong Kong grabbed another two silver medals in rowing on Thursday.
LEE, 27, struggled in the lightweight single sculls to finish second behind South Korea’s JI Yoo-jin who won the gold medal in the 2,000 metres race finishing in eight minutes one second. LEE finished five seconds behind on 8:06.06.
“I could not deliver my best. Perhaps I put too much pressure on myself and that affected my performance,” said LEE who had also won a silver medal in the open category of this same event on Wednesday.
LEE was disappointed as she normally clocked under eight minutes for the race but she failed to produce that form when it mattered. Yet she will return with two silver medals as Hong Kong rowing finished on a high with its best result at the Asian Games – one gold and four silvers.
The men’s quartert added to the tally winning silver in lightweight quadruple sculls. CHOW Kwong-wing, KWAN Ki-cheong, LEUNG Chun-shek and TANG Chiu-mang and combined well to finish runner-up, six seconds behind the powerful crew from China who won the gold in 6:01.05.
Hong Kong won its first gold medal in rowing at the Asian Games on Wednesday when LOK Kwan-hoi triumphed in the men’s lightweight single sculls.
Gymnast SHEK Wai-hung completed Hong Kong’s superb day when he won a gold medal in the men’s vault. SHEK totaled 15.216 to ward off the challenge from home favourite YANG Hak Seon, 15.200, who had to settle for silver.
SHEK's efforts gave Hong Kong it’s fourth gold medal at the Games.