Wong shows rust on his return to track

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 January, 2009, 12:00am

Hong Kong's Wong Kam-po finished seventh in the points race at the World Cup Classic in Beijing last night.

Racing in his first major track competition since the Beijing Olympics, Wong was heading for the runners-up spot until he was lapped, leaving him in seventh place on four points.

Briton Chris Newton won the 30km race with 35 points, Canadian Zachary Bell was second on 20 points and third place went to Rafal Ratajczyk of Poland, who had 19.

But Wong's finish still put him in 21st position in the World Cup overall standings, after he missed the first three events of the series. A good showing in the series finale in Copenhagen next month could see him qualify for the world championships in Poland in March.

Compatriot Kwok Ho-ting, who failed to finish yesterday's race, is one place ahead of Wong in the standings.