Elite triathletes prepare to fight it out in Sabah

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 May, 1998, 12:00am

Hong Kong triathlete Daniel Lee Chi-wo will be looking for much-needed practice before he departs for Singapore for next month's Asian Championships when he competes in the opening race of Sunday's Asian series in Sabah, Malaysia.

Lee, who was Asia's top triathlete last year, will compete against triathletes from Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

The 20-year-old will be hoping to get off to a good start.

More than 300 competitors are expected to take part in the Olympic distance course at Likas Bay, renowned for its heat and humidity.

Lee will be hoping to win some of the US$55,000 (HK$423,500) prize money on offer in the race. The top 20 finishers in each category will win US$4,000.

Lee will also be looking to get Olympic qualifying points in his hopes of competing in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The Hong Kong elite team has a good chance of shining in the Sabah race with Lee, Ian Rayson, Con O'Kelly, Andrew Patrick and junior James Endicott forming a strong team.

Former Hong Kong number one O'Kelly returns to the Asian circuit after training in Australia. Bike problems ruined his chances of being a top finisher last year.