Fencers hit gold in Sydney

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 12:00am

Hong Kong's wheelchair fencers opened the SAR's medal account by winning two golds and a silver on the second day of the Sydney Paralympics.

The disabled fencing team proved they are still a force to be reckoned with despite the absence of Ben Cheung Wai-leung, who retired after helping Hong Kong win four of their five golds at Atlanta four years ago.

Paraplegic Fung Ying-ki marked his Paralympic debut with a triumph in the men's individual foil category A final after overcoming Alberto Pellegrini from Italy 15-9, while Hui Charn-hung captured another gold by beating teammate Chung Ting-ching 15-5 in the men's individual foil category B final.

Hong Kong were in 11th place on the medal table, while Britain took the lead with five golds and a bronze.

The women's table tennis team earned a favourable draw against a relatively weaker German side in today's quarter-finals after keeping their unbeaten streak in Group C with a win over Slovakia yesterday.

On the track, cerebral palsy sprinter So Wa-wai had a comfortable warm-up ahead of tonight's men's 200m final - the first event in his attempt to capture five golds. So, he who set the world record for the event at 26.14 at the Disability World Athletics Championships in Birmingham two years ago, clocked 27.12 seconds in the semi-finals.