Chan left dizzy with despair

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 December, 2006, 12:00am

It has rained more in the past seven days than it has in the last 42 years leaving Hong Kong windsurfer Vicky Chan Wai-kei dizzy with despair in Doha.

After a solid start to her first Asian Games - winning the first three races in the women's mistral, Chan has lost her way as she struggles in the varying conditions on the Bay of Doha as well as a resurgent foe in China's Chen Lina.

Chan and Chen are locked in a battle for top spot on nine penalty points each. But worryingly for the Hong Kong camp, Chan has been pipped into second place by Chen in each of the last four races.

'Because of the rain, the wind can change very quickly. It's very difficult. I'm trying everything I can in these conditions, but they change every day, every minute,' said poor Chan. 'They told me it rains twice a year here, I was not prepared for this.'

Torrential rain fell for the second consecutive day. On Thursday, 13.3 mm of rain fell in the morning alone. The monthly average for December is 13mm.

Hong Kong's hopes of a gold medal look increasingly good in the men's mistral light with Chan King-yin continuing to dominate.

Chan won both his races yesterday to keep his win record unblemished after seven races. He leads Zeng Xiaohong of China by seven points.

In the men's mistral heavy, Ho Chi-ho trails China's Yao Xinhao by three points after finishing second behind him in both races.