Wong qualifies for 2008

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2007, 12:00am

Just three days after getting the presidential stamp of approval, Wong Kam-po secured an Olympic berth for Hong Kong by finishing fourth in the road race at the world B championships in Cape Town yesterday.

President Hu Jintao presented Hong Kong's top rider with an award on Friday and that appeared to give Wong added impetus. Despite the long journey to South Africa that started on Friday night, Wong, the Asian Games champion, was in superb form and completed the 161km race - won by Serbia's Ivan Stevic - in four hours, two minutes and 30 seconds.

The top five finishers were guaranteed a place at next year's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Of Hong Kong's five other riders in Cape Town, only Tang Wang-yip made any impression yesterday, finishing 29th out of 161 competitors.

Wong is only the third Hong Kong athlete to qualify for Beijing. Swimmers Choi Hiu-wai and Hannah Wilson reached the B qualifying standard at the world championships in Melbourne earlier this year.