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Hong Kong take record medal haul

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 12:00am

THE Hong Kong delegation were celebrating their historic performances last night as they wrapped up the competition with a best-ever eight gold, three silver and seven bronze medals at the Sydney Paralympics.

The SAR's 4x100 metres relay team, led by young sprinter So Wa-wai, failed to defend their title and had to settle for a bronze in the cerebral palsy open event, even though they set a best time of 48.68 seconds. Australia captured the gold with a new world mark of 48.24 while Britain took the silver.

'We clocked a satisfactory time but our opponents were just too strong for us,' athletics coach Poon Kin-lui said.

So, who won three golds and two bronzes - one bronze more than wheelchair fencer Fung Ying-ki - has the honour of carrying the SAR flag at today's closing ceremony.

Hong Kong won five gold, five silver and five bronze medals at Atlanta four years ago. The 60-strong team will return home tomorrow.


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