Bronze gives Wright boost before Games

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am

Andrew Wright gave himself a timely confidence boost for November's Asian Games with a bronze medal finish in the I-Lan ITU Triathlon Asian Cup in Taipei yesterday.

Hong Kong-born Wright, 26, has been dogged with persistent injuries for much of his triathlon career but has still managed to train and compete well in regional competitions.

Wright (pictured) will represent Hong Kong in Guangzhou in two months' time with Olympian Daniel Lee Chi-wo, and is hopeful of a medal despite his injury problems.

'The leading pack of five went for it on the 1,500m swim today and I was at max the whole way just to keep up,' Wright said. 'I felt awful on the 40km bike ride and wasn't able to work as hard as I normally would.

'I was in 10th place after the first lap of the 10km run, but kept a consistent pace and slowly started catching people. The gym work I've done over the past few months has really helped, and even when I'm tired in a race I am still able to muscle through.

'Obviously I'm delighted with the bronze medal because it's my first ever podium finish in an ITU event. Hopefully my good form will continue right up to Guangzhou, but I've got a lot of hard work to put in before then.'

Teammate Ivan Lo Ching-hin placed ninth overall in the men's event yesterday.