HAPPY HONG KONG DELEGATION CHIEF KARL KWOK HOPEFUL OF MORE
Incheon, 27 September, 2014 – Hong Kong should be proud of itself for its high-yielding performance at the halfway stage of the Asian Games said top official Karl KWOK Chi-leung on Saturday.
Hong Kong had collected four gold medals, five silvers and 18 bronzes to lie in eighth position overall in the medal standings, and was lying in fifth place by the total number of medals won, 27, as the halfway stage at the 17th Asian Games was reached.
“We should be proud of ourselves,” said Karl KWOK Chef de Mission. “Our athletes have done very well, even performing beyond expectations. We are close to around 30 medals and the way it is going, I’m quite hopeful we can better our performance in Guangzhou last time.”
Hong Kong won a total of 40 medals including eights golds, 15 silvers and 17 bronzes at the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.
Hong Kong’s gold medal tally is bound to increase by two with windsurfers Hayley CHAN Hei-man and CHENG Kwok-fai in unassailable positions in the women’s RS:X and men’s mistral classes respectively.
With two more races to go, both CHAN and CHENG are assured of gold medals holding unbeatable positions after the 10th race. Two more Hong Kong windsurfers, Sonia LO Sin-lam in the women’s RS:One, and Andy LEUNG Ho-tsun in the men’s RS:X also have a chance of winning gold.
“I was really worried about numbers (of medals). But our first week performance has been outstanding,” KWOK said. “We won quite a few unexpected medals like in gymnastics when SHEK Wai-hung defeated the Olympic and world champion to win gold.
“That was quite something. Usually the gymnastics event is ruled by China and South Korea but here we had a loner from Hong Kong surprising all of us. We are very proud of him,” KWOK added.
In cycling, Jamie WONG Wan-yiu won a bronze medal in the women’s individual time trial road race to push Hong Kong’s bronze medal tally to 18.
“The possibilities are there (to surpass the total medals won in Guangzhou) if the bronzes keep rolling in like this. Table tennis is still on going, and also rugby where the men’s team has a good chance of winning a medal. I also understand the Hong Kong men’s cricket team has a good chance so things are looking up,” said a pleased KWOK.