Reason to smile

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:20pm


Hong Kong's Lee Wai-sze basks in the afterglow with her bronze medal, won in the the women's keirin last Friday. Lee, 25, is hoping improvements in sports science and a 'Chris Hoy imitation' can transform her into a world champion. And she is already thinking about targets in the four years before the next Olympics in Rio. These include the World Cup series and world championships and the 2013 National Games and 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. 'I want to win in the World Cups and of course it would be even better if I can be the world champion,' said Lee, who always carries a smile despite the heavy training demands and pressures. 'The British team have invested a lot in sports science to help the cyclists and have been very successful. I know the Sports Institute is also working along this direction and hopefully I can benefit more from it and become a top, world class sprinter.' She said training throughout the year on the mainland - in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Kunming - was demanding and she hoped to spend more time in Hong Kong when the new velodrome opens in Tseung Kwan O next year. Lee was deeply impressed by her cycling idol, Chris Hoy, who won the keirin final to become Britin's greatest Olympian with six gold medals. 'He was so powerful, leading all the way to the finish,' she said. 'I want to become the Chris Hoy of women's cycling, but I don't know if I have his ability and talent to achieve that goal.' Coach Shen Jinkang is in no doubt, saying: 'Lee has a great future in the sport. At the next Games in Rio, she has a great chance of changing the colour of the medal she won here in London.