Wong stays on track to grab silver in Asia Cup sprint event

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 July, 2006, 12:00am

Top track cyclist Wong Kin-chung maintained his momentum to capture second place in the sprint event at the Sultan Azlan Shah Asia Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, over the weekend.

Wong, who finished with a bronze medal in the keirin race on Saturday, got off to a flying start in his second-favourite discipline when he won the opening sprint contest, which eventually turned out to be the best lap time.

But the 19-year-old failed to repeat his feat in the next two races and had to settle for second overall. Featuring 16 top sprint riders, the event was won by Fushimi Tashiaki of Japan, who also beat Wong in the keirin race. Zhang Wenliang of China was third.

'Wong has taken part in the Asia Cup for three years and this has been his best performance so far,' said Walter Yue Ka-lok, executive director of the Hong Kong Cycling Association. 'The youngster did not do very well at the National Games in Nanjing last year, but it seems he has now recovered from that disappointment and is back to his best in the lead-up to the Asian Games in December.'

Wong, a specialist in sprint events on the track, should make the Asian Games squad to be announced this month.

Wong is now heading for Bangkok to compete in the second round of the Asia Cup, a prelude to the National Track Cycling Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, next month and the Asian Championships in Malaysia in September.

Wong Kam-po is ninth overall in the Milwaukee Super Week series. Wong is one of four top road-racers from Hong Kong taking part in the US. The other three are Wu Kin-san, Cheung King-wai and Lam Kai-tsun. The multi-day criterium races are among the last events for riders to claim the two places in the individual road-race team for the Asian Games in Doha.