Wong back on his bike

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 January, 2009, 12:00am

Wong Kam-po is hoping to put his Olympic disappointment behind him when he takes part in the World Cup Classic in Beijing today.

The 35-year-old (pictured) took an extended break after a mediocre 15th place in the men's points race at the Beijing Games.

To make matters worse, he also had haemorrhoids surgery during his time off - but with the world championships in Copenhagen in two months' time, he needs to get back on track to gain enough points to qualify for the Danish showpiece.

'He has been training well in Shenzhen and is ready for the challenge again,' said Cycling Association executive director Walter Yue Ka-lok.

Despite his age and his poor performance last summer, Wong has vowed to fight on and is targeting a medal at the 2012 London Games.

Wong will take part in the scratch race and points race at Laoshan velodrome, the Olympic venue.

Joining Wong will be two promising youngsters - Kwok Ho-ting and Cheung King-wai. Kwok won the scratch race at the Melbourne World Cup Classic in December, while Cheung was the 2006 Doha Asian Games points race gold medallist. In the women's 500m time trial, Lee Wai-sze will be hoping to continue her fine form after setting a Hong Kong record by finishing sixth at the World Cup event in Cali, Columbia last month.

The 21-year-old has taken part in all three Classics this season and stands a good chance of qualifying for Denmark. She is sixth in the overall standings.

In the other women's events, Wong Wan-yiu will be joined by Diao Xiaojuan, a former Guangdong team member now representing Hong Kong, in the scratch and points races.