It's touch and go for SAR pair

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2002, 12:00am

Super cyclist Wong Kam-po will prove he is an endurance king when he contests his fourth race of the Busan Asian Games today.

Wong, a bronze medallist in last week's road race, links up with teammate Ho Siu-lun in the madison event. It sees riders take turns to race over a total distance of 160 kilometres on the 333-metre velodrome track. Points are awarded every 20th lap when the pack bursts into a one-lap sprint. Between the sprints the tempo remains high and when riders become tired, they can tag their partner (touch hands) to take a rest.

'We hope that we can get a silver medal here - gold will be tough as the Korean pair are strong - but our guys are well prepared,' said Alex Wong of the Hong Kong Cycling Association. The SAR's cycling aces began preparing for this event nine months ago when they competed in a six-day European winter series. 'The series was good for honing their relay skills and tuning them physically for the unique rigours of this event,' Wong said.

In today's athletic events, medals will be decided in the men's and women's 100m, with Saudi Arabia's Al Safaar Jamal and Sri Lanka's Susanthika Jayasinghe looking good for gold, respectively.

Champions in the men's 800m, 400m hurdles, hammer, shot-put and pole vault and women's 800m and 10,000m will also be decided.

In basketball, Hong Kong play North Korea in the third match of a quarter-final series. The SAR lost their first two matches of the series to Kazakhstan and South Korea and cannot advance to the semi-finals.