Cyclist on track to qualify for Games

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am


Hong Kong cyclist Lee Wai-sze gave another world-class performance at the track World Cup in London last weekend, improving her chances of qualifying for this year's Summer Olympics. Lee, 24, came in second in the women's keirin final, in which the top-class field included world

No 1 Simona Krupeckaite of Lithuania, China's Guo Shuang and Britain's Victoria Pendleton.

Krupeckaite captured gold, while Guo, who had always finished ahead of Lee internationally, was third.

It was Lee's second medal in the London event after her sprint bronze the previous night, when she beat Pendleton, sprint champion at the 2008 Olympic Games.

The World Cup in the velodrome at London's Olympic Park served as a test event for the Games.

The International Cycling Union described Lee as 'a late revelation in the sprint events' after she claimed her second medal.

Hung Chung-yam, the Hong Kong Cycling Association's deputy general secretary, said Lee had been putting in some of her best cycling since last week's Asian championships in Kuala Lumpur, where she captured gold medals in the sprint and 500-metre time trial and a bronze in the keirin, a sprint event.

'She is working hard with a clear target of making the London Games,' Hung said. 'If she keeps improving, she has real medal hopes in the Olympics this summer.'