Judoka throws in a gold

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 July, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 July, 1995, 12:00am

OVERSEAS-BASED student athlete Wu Ching-hui was quick to get Hong Kong off the mark at the Pacific Ocean Games with a gold medal on the second day of the multi-sports event in Colombia.

Judoka Ching-hui, who is studying at a sports institute in Taiwan, was the toast of the small Hong Kong camp when she won the women's under-61 kilogram title at the inaugural Games.

The 21-year-old defeated the representatives from China, Chile and Colombia in her first three matches, but was beaten by a Taiwanese opponent in her last bout of the round-robin competition.

However, her result of three wins against one defeat was good enough to give her the gold, although the Chinese also finished with the same record.

The Hong Kong team's deputy 'chief de mission' Vivien Fung explained that Ching-hui was awarded the gold medal because she had won the match against the Chinese player.

California-based swimmer Mark Kwok Kin-ming kept the medal run flowing by coming third in the men's 200 metres freestyle event.

Mark, who will attend the University of Southern California after the summer, clocked 1:57.71 for the bronze medal. China's Zhao Lifeng won the race in 1:57.27, with Colombia's Jose Martinez clinching the silver medal.

Official Fung is expecting more medals for Hong Kong before the Games close on Sunday, with judoka Wat Tze-wan guaranteed one in the men's under-60 kilogram category, which has attracted only three competitors.

'It is difficult to assess our chances because we know so little about the opposition, but I wouldn't be surprise if we can pick up more medals.'