Wong 'still major force'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 March, 2009, 12:00am

Veteran Wong Kam-po justified his decision to extend his riding career by posting his best points race result at the world championships.

The 36-year-old finished eighth in the 40km 160-lap race in Pruszkow, Poland, in a strong field of 24 competitors.

'He showed strong determination to win by attacking three times to gain lap points,' said Hong Kong coach Shen Jinkang. 'Although he did not get any, neither did the rest of the field. It was a good effort at the highest level.'

'Considering he has only been back in training for five months, it should not be seen as a bad result.'

Wong's attacks earned him eight sprint points, compared with Australian Cameron Meyer's 24, all of which were also earned in sprints.

Meyer, whose average speed was 51.329km/h, was followed by Denmark's Daniel Kreutzfeldt (22 points) and Chris Newton of Great Britain (21).

Despite a disappointing 15th place in the Beijing Olympic Games, Wong decided to stay in the sport and push for a place at the London Olympics.

In the women's race, Lee Wai-see came 19th in the 500-metre time trial in her maiden world championships.

The fast-improving 22-year-old, third in the world rankings before the race, suffered a stomach upset before leaving for Poland. Lee will partner Meng Zhaojuan in the team sprint.