WINDSURFERS BOOST HONG KONG MEDAL TALLY AT ASIAN GAMES
Incheon, 1 October, 2014 – Hayley CHAN Hei-man and CHENG Kwok-fai were crowned with their gold medals as windsurfing finished with its best ever result at the Asian Games – two golds and two silvers – on Wednesday.
CHAN and CHENG were confirmed winners of the gold medals having dominated their respective events – women’s RS-X and men’s mistral – from the start but there was more joy for the sport when Andy LEUNG Ho-tsun and Sonia LO Sin-lam won silver medals on the final day of racing.
LEUNG finished strongly in last two races in the 12-race series in the men’s RS-X class to storm back from third place overall to grab a welcome silver. It was a crucial win in the 11th race which helped LEUNG edge past Thailand’s Ek BOONSAWAD who had to settle for the bronze medal.
“I am thrilled with my performance at the end. I started badly being disqualified but I’m very happy that I managed to fight back. This is my first Asian Games and I’m proud to have won a silver,” said LEUNG who also represented Hong Kong at the 2012 London Olympics.
Another games debutant Sonia LO also declared she was satisfied with her silver medal. LO taking art in the RS:One had hopes of grabbing gold when she began the last day one point behind China’s WENG Qiaoshan. But the mainlander won both the remaining races to ensure the gold medal was hers.
“I’m happy to have won silver,” said the 22-year-old LO.
The rich haul from windsurfing took Hong Kong’s medal tally to 11th overall in the standings, just behind India. Hong Kong has won six gold medals, eight silver and 22 bronze.
Mountain biker CHAN Chun-hing added to the silver haul when he finished second to China’s WANG Zhen over a grueling six-lap 27.6 kilometre course. CHAN, 33, had won gold in this event four years ago in Guangzhou.
“I’m happy to be winning medals at my age. This is likely to be my last Games,” CHAN said.
The hopes of Hong Kong increasing its gold medal tally will now lie in the hands of the men’s rugby team while the women’s rugby team also has chances of winning a medal.
The men’s cricket team, which has entered the semi-finals also has a good chance of adding to the medal haul.