Star cyclist Lee keeps up HK's charge
Hong Kong's Lee Wai-sze is set to win her third gold medal at the Asian championships as the city's athletes continued to dominate the medal standings in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Lee (pictured), who has already won the women's sprint and 500-metre time trial, reached yesterday's keirin final with the best result among the 12 competitors.
'She is now riding with great confidence and stands a very good chance for a golden hat-trick,' team manager Hung Chung-yam said. 'The major threat will come from Fatehah Mustapa of Malaysia, although Lee did beat her in the sprint final. If Lee can continue the kind of form she has shown here, she should be able to repeat her success.'
Lee and Mustapa are competing for a keirin place at the London Olympic Games, and a victory over the Malaysian will give Lee the edge with two more rounds of qualification left - the World Cup Classic in London next week and the world championships in Melbourne next month.
Malaysia are currently 11th in the Olympic rankings, two places ahead of Hong Kong, while China are in third place. Only the top two nations in the region will qualify for the London Games.
In the men's keirin, Hong Kong's Wu Lok-chun, who won a bronze medal in the 1-kilometre time trial, managed to reach the final round after winning his repechage yesterday. Hong Kong also claimed two more gold medals in the men's madison and women's scratch to remain top of the medal standings with five golds, followed by Japan and China, who both claimed three gold medals.
Diao Xiaojuan, who suffered a serious fall in the points race at the 2010 Guangzhou Games, won her first major honour for Hong Kong with her victory in the 7.5-kilometre scratch race.
Choi Ki-ho and Cheung King-lok, both members of the pursuit team, won the 25-kilometre madison race. The pursuit team won a silver medal earlier in the week.