Hong Kong’s women cyclists fall short at National Games
The women's cycling team failed to add a medal to Hong Kong's overall tally of one gold, three silvers and three bronzes on the last day of competition at the National Games.
Jamie Wong Wan-yiu was the best finisher in the 120-kilometre road race in Benxi yesterday, crossing the line in 19th place in three hours, 39 minutes and 46 seconds, six seconds behind winner Zhao Na from Liaoning.
Teammate Yang Qianyu had the same time as Wong but was two places behind, while Leung Po-yee was 31st. The three other Hong Kong riders, Meng Zhaojuan, Peng Yao and Liu Wai-ting, all finished the race further behind.
"The gap between us and the mainlanders is still very big and it should be considered not a bad result as we did expect some of our riders would not be able to complete the race," said team manager Ng Kwok-wah, who is also the road race convenor of the Hong Kong Cycling Association. "We need to strengthen the women's road race team in future for the Asian Games and other major competitions."
The Hong Kong men's road race team did not win a medal on Wednesday, for the first time since making their debut in Shanghai in 1997. With the disappointing result of the men's 4x100 metre relay team on the same night, Hong Kong failed to surpass their record haul of two golds, two silvers and one bronze set in 2001 in Guangdong.