Au wins bronze after suit mishap
Stephanie Au Hoi-shun took advantage of a competitor's swimsuit malfunction to win a bronze medal on a good night for Hong Kong in the pool.
The hosts won one silver and four bronze medals, thanks to only three swimmers lining up in the women's 1,500 metre freestyle, of which Hong Kong fielded two competitors - Tang Wing-yung and Carmen Nam, who finished second and third respectively.
Au captured the bronze in the women's 200m freestyle in a mediocre time of two minutes and 1.67 seconds after favourite Tang Yi of China stopped midway through the race when her hi-tech swimsuit burst open at the back. Tang left the pool before the 100m mark and was disqualified.
'It was a bit fortunate as one of the contenders pulled out of the race during competition,' Au said. 'I lost my pace twice in the race and could not finish in my target time of under two minutes.
'Nonetheless, anything is a bonus after we captured a silver in the relay the previous night because that was our major target,' said Au, who set a Hong Kong best 2.00.85 at the Olympic Games in Beijing last year. Hong Kong coach Chan Yiu-hoi disagreed.
'A medal is a medal. No one can take it away from her,' he said.
Hannah Wilson won another bronze in the women's 100m butterfly as Hong Kong's leading swimmer lost out to two mainlanders - Jiao Liuyang and Guo Fan.
Hong Kong men's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team narrowly defeated South Korea for a bronze, giving the 1,200-strong crowd a lot to cheer about in the final event of the night.
Japan beat arch-rivals China to finish top for the day with five gold medals, with China taking three.