Bronze for fencer as riders miss medal

Hong Kong claim second bronze while equestrianists suffer setback

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 September, 2013, 5:32am

Hong Kong won a second medal at the National Games with fencer Nicholas Choi finishing third in the men's individual foil last night. Choi beat Li Haifeng of Jiangsu 15-11 in the bronze medal play-off.

The 20-year-old was narrowly beaten by world and Olympic champion Lei Sheng of Guangdong, 15-12, in the semi-finals.

His success followed mountain biker Chan Chun-hing's bronze medal on Sunday.

The Hong Kong showjumping team, though, just missed the podium despite clearing three perfect rounds yesterday afternoon in the equestrian event.

Kenneth Cheng Man-kit, who won an individual bronze in Shandong four years ago, was forced to pull out after his horse, Chairman V, suffered a leg injury on Sunday. The team event, with four riders in each squad, counts the results of the best three riders and Hong Kong had to start without the chance of a discard after Cheng's withdrawal.

Despite the setback, the trio of Patrick Lam Lap-suen, Samantha Lam and Jacqueline Lai Ching-man still put on a good performance, but their total penalty score of 16 points over the two rounds left them just shy of a medal.

Inner Mongolia won gold with 12 penalty points, tied with Guangdong, but ahead on a better finishing time. Hosts Liaoning were third with 14 penalty points, while Hong Kong, bronze medallists four years ago, had to settle for fourth in the eight-team competition.

"It was a disappointing result," admitted Patrick Lam, who had an exceptional day with clear rounds in both sessions with reserve horse Come Zaak after his original horse, Corvino 3, was injured during training.

In badminton, Hong Kong men's team were no match for Liberation Army in group F as they lost 3-1 to the side led by two-time Olympic singles champion Lin Dan. Hong Kong meet Beijing today and a victory would put them through to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, there was also a setback for the rugby sevens team after they lost a pool game, meaning they will have to play defending champions Beijing in today's semi-finals.

Hong Kong beat Liaoning 41-0 to open the day but lost their second match to Shandong 17-14. Hong Kong Rugby Football Union head of performance and coaching Dai Rees said: "We started well but came off the rails in the second game. It's not doom and gloom as there is everything still to play for but we need to take a hard look at ourselves. Against Shandong, we didn't lose so much as give the game away through our errors."

Hong Kong's women's team will also play Beijing in the semi-finals today.