Make or break for windsurfer Vicky

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 August, 2005, 12:00am

Today and tomorrow will be crucial days for board sailor Vicky Chan Wai-kei, who is taking part in the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.

The 24-year-old slipped to fourth place after disappointing efforts in the fifth and sixth races on Wednesday, and anything less than a top-three finish in the remaining six races will see her medal hopes vanish.

The University of Hong Kong student is trying to become the first SAR athlete to win a medal at the Games, held every two years.

She finished among the top three positions in the opening four races this week. However, her form has dipped and she now faces a tough battle. Chan will get $250,000 cash if she wins a gold medal.

The money is offered through the government's Athlete Awards Incentive Scheme. The champion will be decided after the 12th race tomorrow.

Hong Kong has sent 48 athletes from 11 universities and colleges. They are competing in eight sports: sailing (windsurfing), tennis, swimming, athletics, men's volleyball, fencing, archery and taekwondo.