SAR heavyweights in hunt for gold

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 October, 2002, 12:00am

Hong Kong's sporting heavyweights explode into action at the Busan Asian Games today.

The day could end in glory for cyclist Wong Kam-po when the Asian maestro steers onto the streets of the southern Korean city in his bid for the 198-kilometre individual road race gold medal.

World champion windsurfer Lee Lai-shan will float her board out onto the waters of the Busan yachting centre for her first two mistral races. The women's mistral gold medal will be awarded next Wednesday after 11races held over six days.

Marco Fu Ka-chun is expected to lead the Hong Kong team to a medal in the team snooker event final today.

Tenpin bowling teammates Wu Siu-hong and Sunny Hui Cheung-kwok may end up challenging each other for the top prize in the men's singles event where both are considered serious contenders.

Later tonight the SAR basketball team plays the first of three quarter-final stage matches against Kazakhstan.

Hong Kong defeated Kuwait to advance to the last eight of the competition where they will also face South Korea on Sunday, and North Korea on Tuesday. This is the first time the SAR has advanced beyond the first round of an Asian Games.

Swimming fans will be curious to see how Alex Fong Lik-sun fares in the 100-metre backstroke heats today.

Fong is not expected to advance to tonight's final, but there is a strong possibility he could break his own SAR record in the event.

Just three weeks ago at the Hong Kong Swimming Championships, Fong came within half a second of beating his SAR record in the 100m backstroke, set at the Sydney Olympics two years ago.

Competing with Asia's best is sure to push him that little bit harder.

Also in the pool, Mark Kwok Kin-ming will be going for broke in the men's 100m butterfly after the disappointment of his last placed finish in the final of the 200m event on Tuesday.