Lee leads the way for HK

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 April, 2008, 12:00am

Daniel Lee Chi-wo was instrumental in leading the Hong Kong squad to a multiple medal-winning performance at the Mekong River International ITU Asian Cup 2008 Championships in Chiangsaen, Thailand, over the weekend.

Lee finished in one hour, 47 minutes and 11 seconds to claim his first victory this year after a gutsy performance against stiff opposition in the elite race on Sunday.

The 31-year-old, bidding for his second Olympic cap, was well supported by his Hong Kong teammates during the 1,500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, and was delighted to find the first pack of the bike section for the first time featured only Hong Kong athletes.

The chasing pack caught the leaders after the first of the four 10km bike laps, but Lee remained in front and was among the leading group going into the 10km run, with teammate Andrew Wright. A sprint finish saw Lee head off Kostas Dovanas of Greece and the mainland's Jiang Zhihang, who were second and third respectively. Wright finished fourth, five seconds adrift of Jiang.

Ricco Chan and Ho King-fun finished fifth and sixth in the men's under 23 division, while Tania Mak So-ning finished seventh in the women's elite race.

Saturday featured the aquathon and duathlon championships and once again Hong Kong athletes dominated the proceedings.

Wu Sum-yi and Chan Long-chin completed the 1,500m swim and 5km run in the aquathon event in a photo finish 33:03, with Wu pipping Chan for the gold.

Ivan Lo Chin-hin had victory in the duathlon, which was set over a demanding 2.5km run, 20km cycle ride and 2.5km run. Lo was shadowed by Alan Chan Chun-lung, who finished second with a time of 1:03:49, five seconds adrift of Lo.

Lo then cemented his domination of the junior events by winning the junior men's triathlon sprint race, which was set over half of the distance of the Olympic triathlon.

Vincci Hui Wai-sum also completed a golden double by winning both the duathlon and the junior women's triathlon sprint races. She won the gold in the duathlon ahead of teammate Kimberly Kwan, finishing with a time of 1:10:45. She then claimed the sprint race ahead of Kwan and with Naomi Wai Chi-kwan finishing third to give Hong Kong a clean sweep.

National coach Ruth Hunt was delighted with the results.

'The results show that our winter training has gone very well and that we're in good shape in the Olympic year,' she said. 'We will now switch our focus to the Asian Triathlon Championships, which take place in just over a month.'