CYCLING

Hong Kong's Jamie Wong celebrates birthday with World Cup bronze

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 November, 2013, 9:41pm
UPDATED : Monday, 04 November, 2013, 11:26pm

A bronze medal at the World Cup track event in Manchester was a welcome birthday present for Hong Kong cyclist Jamie Wong Wan-yiu.

Wong, who turned 27 yesterday, came third in the women's points race, the second time she has clinched a medal in the event, having won gold in the World Cup series in Copenhagen in 2008. She finished the 20-kilometre race with 26 points, tied with Elizabeth Newell, of the United States, but had to settle for third place with the American achieving a better finishing position. Laura Brown of Canada took gold with 29 points.

"Wong showed fighting spirit and was very brave to attack during the race," said coach Shen Jinkang. "Even though she and four other riders had lapped the peloton to gain 20 points, she tried to weave another attack on the gold but just lacked the stamina to finish it off. But her spirit has made a great impression."

In the women's keirin, Sarah Lee Wai-sze failed to add to her sprint silver medal, managing fourth place in the final.

Hong Kong's top rider had to reach the second round through the repechage after finishing third in the first round.

She had no problem making it to the final where she spent too much effort chasing leader Kristina Vogel from outside in the last two laps.

The German rider, who had been on fire all weekend, had just too much power for anyone else and clinched her third gold medal in the keirin after victories in the team and individual sprint. Rebecca James, of Britain, was second, followed by Sandie Clair, of France, who pipped Lee for the bronze.

"It's a good experience for Lee even though she failed to win a medal," said Shen. "She always took the initiative to attack and should have learned a lot from the race as she starts on her preparations for the next Olympic Games in Rio."