Sports Digest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 April, 2012, 12:00am


Grinham finds aggressive Chan too hot to handle

Hong Kong's Joey Chan Ho-ling, the world No 19, stunned top seed Rachael Grinham in the final of the Buler Challenge Cup yesterday at the Squash Centre, beating the Australian world No 6 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9. 'I'm not surprised she won,' coach Tony Choi Yuk-kwan said. 'After all, she beat a top-10 player at the Hong Kong Open last year. It was a close match [against Grinham], but Joey stayed aggressive right to the end and didn't let her opponent's superior experience faze her.' Top seed, Max Lee Ho-yin won the men's event, beating fellow Hongkonger Dick Lau Siu-wai 11-4, 11-8, 11-7. Chan Kin-wa

HK women still in with Olympic table tennis shot

Hong Kong still have a chance to send a women's table tennis team to the London Olympics this summer despite Lee Ho-ching's failure at the Asian qualifying tournament at Queen Elizabeth Stadium yesterday. Lee, 19, had to beat Taiwan's Lin Chia-hui for the final ticket available to the London Games from this event but came up short when she was beaten 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 13-11. Hong Kong will now have to send a player to the final qualifying event next month in Qatar, where two Olympic berths are on offer. Tie Yana and Jiang Huajun have already qualified for the Games by virtue of their world ranking, but a third player must make it through if Hong Kong are to compete in the team competition in London. Leung Chu-yan, Jiang Tianyi and Tang Peng have qualified for the men's team event, with Leung clinching the all-important third spot on his 33rd birthday on Saturday. Chan Kin-wa

Distinguished award for cycling coach Shen

Cycling coach Shen Jinkang (pictured) was presented with the Distinguished Services Award for Coaching at the annual Hongkong Bank Foundation Coaching Awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt yesterday. Since his arrival in 1994, the former head coach of the China team has helped lift Hong Kong's standing on the world stage, nurturing top riders like Wong Kam-po, Kwok Ho-ting, Lee Wai-sze, Wong Wan-yiu and Chan Chun-hing. Six other coaches were presented with the Coach of the Year award for 2011. They were Dick Leung Kan-fai (squash), Wong Chi-kwong and Gao Song (both wushu), Wang Ruiji (wheelchair fencing), Li Huifen (table tennis) and Kam Chi-ho (swimming for the mentally handicapped). Chan Kin-wa