Hong Kong sign off with another gold

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 September, 2004, 12:00am

Hong Kong wrapped up their wheelchair fencing exploits at the Paralympic Games in Athens by winning another gold medal.

Chan Kam-loi, Fung Ying-ki, Tai Yan-yun and Hui Charn-hung beat Poland 45-43 in the final of the men's sabre team competition, the last event of the six-day fencing programme.

The SAR delegation finished top of the medal table in fencing with a record haul of eight gold, five silver and one bronze, ahead of France, who won two gold and three bronze, and Poland, who took one gold, six silver and five bronze.

In the final, Hong Kong took a 30-17 lead after six of nine bouts. But Poland fought back to take the lead 35-34 when Robert Wysmerski scored 18 hits against Hui in the seventh match-up.

Poland extended the lead to 40-36 before the deciding bout, which saw Fung beat Polish No 1 Ardadiusz Jablonski 9-3 to clinch the gold. Hong Kong had never won this title before.

'The results are a bit better than I expected. I am particularly delighted that the young women fencers did so well,' said coach Zheng Zhaokang.