Hong Kong women add silver to Thai booty

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 September, 1997, 12:00am

Hong Kong added two more silvers to complete a haul of five medals at the Thailand Open in Bangkok.

The territory finished second in both the women's sabre team event and the women's team epee, adding to the one gold and two bronze medals won earlier in the week.

The women's epee team, despite the absence of epee individual gold medallist Ho Ka-lai, beat Thailand and Australia en route to the team final, where they were beaten 45-34 by a strong South Korean team.

Ho was forced to leave the competition early because of work commitments in Hong Kong.

However, youngster Kong Kwun-yee kept her poise to successfully combine with Cheung Yi-nei and Chan Siu-san to help Hong Kong to a medal position.

Hong Kong were the top-seeded team in the sabre team competition, which gave them a direct entry into the semi-finals.

But they struggled to beat Australia in their first match. Hong Kong were at one stage 12 points behind before fighting back to win 45-35.

That win put them in the final against Thailand. The Thais comfortably won the match and the gold medal with a 45-23 victory.

The Thailand Open is part of Hong Kong's preparations for the Asian Fencing Championships and the All China Games next month.

Earlier this week, Kong Wai-kei, the 12th seed, opened Hong Kong's medal count when he finished third in the men's individual sabre.

The men's epee team, comprising Law Chun-kit, Wong Chi-kin, Tang Kwong-hau and Wong Tsan, also had to settle for a bronze medal after losing to Thailand A in the semi-finals.