Hong Kong in hectic Doha run-in
The Hong Kong team face a hectic second half of the year as they reach an important stage in preparations for December's Asian Games in Doha.
Head coach Chris Perry has just returned with his charges from two World Cup series in Europe (in Munich and Poznan, Poland). Top sculler Law Hiu-fung finished with a best-ever seventh position in the Polish leg over the weekend.
'Our main target this year is the Asian Games in Doha in December so we must not peak too soon,' Perry said. 'The team will leave for Munich again in two weeks for another training stint. Law will also join an altitude training camp in Austria organised by Thor Nielsen, one of the world's top coaches, to prepare for the World Championships, which take place at Eaton in England in August.'
Perry added that it was good to see the team making progress between the two events in Europe - Law's B-final win in the men's lightweight single sculls in Poznan followed a fifth place in the C final for 17th overall in Munich.
Law finished third in his qualifying heat and fourth in the repechage - just missing a place in the A final (for places one to six). The B final victory (for places seven to 12) was Law's best result at a World Cup event.
Youngster Lok Kwan-hoi, who was promoted to the senior team for the first time, also reached the B final and finished 12th overall.