China to contest Jordan for Asian supremacy
Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi inspired China to a 56-43 Asian basketball championship semi-final victory over South Korea yesterday, while giant-killing Jordan 75-61 booked their final place by seeing off the Philippines. China and Jordan will vie in today's final for the right to represent Asia in the 2012 London Olympics, while the silver and bronze medallists in the central Chinese city of Wuhan advance to the Olympic qualifying tournament. 'Defensively we were outstanding,' China's American coach Bob Donewald said.
Success for Hong Kong in Taiwan triathlon
The Hong Kong Triathlon squad celebrated a triple success by claiming three medals at the Asian Triathlon Championships in Yi-lan, Taiwan, yesterday. The newly introduced 4 x mixed team relay took place yesterday with teams of four (two male and two female athletes) racing over a 250-metre swim, 8km bike ride and 2km run. Hong Kong's senior squad of Li, Choi, Ho King-fun and Wong won bronze behind experienced teams from Japan and Korea. Hong Kong also won silver medals in the male and female junior elite categories. Richard Castka
End of the road for brave HK pair at Japan Open
The fairy-tale run of Tse Ying-suet and Poon Lok-yan in the Japan badminton Open came to an end after they lost to Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin in the women's doubles semi-finals in Tokyo yesterday. The unseeded Hong Kong duo lost 21-17, 21-16 to the world No 5 Taiwanese pair, having beaten Pan Pan and Cheng Shu of China and eighth seed Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii of Indonesia on their way to reaching the last four. Meanwhile, world champion Lin Dan (pictured) withdrew with an injured left foot, giving his teammate Chen Long a free ticket to the men's singles final. 'We have more tournaments for the race for the London Olympics, so I don't want to take a risk now,' said Lin. Chan Kin-wa