Fencing and athletics add to medal haul

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 August, 1996, 12:00am

Hong Kong added a silver and two bronzes to their collection of medals after the sixth day of the Paralympic Games in Atlanta yesterday.

The territory's wheelchair fencers ended the fencing competition by winning a silver in the men's team sabre and a bronze medal in the individual sabre competition through Nelson Tai Yan-yun.

Hong Kong had earlier won four fencing gold medals - thanks largely to the exploits of Ben Cheung Wai-leung who won two individual golds in foil and epee. He also led his teammates to the foil and epee team titles.

In athletics, Hong Kong won their first track and field medal when Cheung Yiu-cheung, a sprinter with cerebral palsy, took third place in the 400 metres final.

The Hong Kong runner finished third in the same event at the Berlin World Championships two years ago but the 32-year-old decided a change of tactics was called for - and it worked.

'He normally loses speed in the final 100 metres but he decided to save energy for a second dash and he made it,' said coach Aaron Poon Kin-lui, who said Cheung's bronze was the best possible birthday present for Poon.

'The medal is a real boost to the morale of the whole team,' he added.

The Hong Kong fencing sabre team of Albert Chan Kam-loi, Nelson Tai Yan-yun, Raymond Chan Sze-kit and Ben Chui Man-fai were narrowly beaten 45-40 by France in the final.

Hong Kong are ranked 22nd in the medal chart with four golds, two silvers and three bronze medals. Australia top the standings with 26 golds, 20 silvers and 17 bronzes.