Sarah Lee brings curtain down with gold medal at East Asian Games
Star cyclist beats Chinese champion in women's sprint, while Wu Siu-hong strikes gold in tenpin bowling
Hong Kong saved their best for the last, winning two gold medals on the final day of East Asian Games in Tianjin on Tuesday.
Sarah Lee Wai-sze landed the first gold for the cycling team with her victory in the women’s sprint at the Velodrome, while tenpin bowler Wu Siu-hong wrapped the Games up with a gold medal in the men’s masters at Tuanbo Bowling Alley.
The result took Hong Kong’s gold medal tally to 10 in the 10-day event, but the figure lags far behind the 26 gold they won at home four years ago.
Hong Kong Olympic Committee president Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, who presented both athletes with their gold medals at the victory ceremonies, was not disappointed with the result.
“We were the hosts last time and enjoyed a lot of home advantages,” he said. “Some adjustments have been made in the programmes in Tianjin, while many of the teams also sent top players because this is the last opportunity to win medals at the East Asian Games, making it more difficult for Hong Kong athletes.”
Introduced in Shanghai in 1993, the existing East Asian Games format now comes to an end after six editions, with the next Games in 2019 to be staged as a youth competition for athletes aged between 14 and 18.
After her defeat in the 500-metre time trial the previous day, Lee was determined to make up for the loss and her victory over Lin Junhong of China in the sprint final meant a lot to the Hong Kong rider.
“She is the newly crowned National Games champion in the event and the victory has boosted my confidence in the discipline,” said Lee, who is now preparing for the first leg of the track World Cup in Manchester at the end of the month.
Wu’s gold was the only one not won by South Korea out of 13 tenpin bowling events.
“I am happy to have broken the dominance of the Koreans in the sport here,” said Wu, now 29. “My first international gold medal was also won at the EAG in Osaka 12 years ago. “It’s very sweet to do it again after so many years.”