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Cheung King-lok credits endurance training for double gold

Young Hong Kong ace wins men's points and individual pursuit finals to boost medal haul

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 January, 2014, 12:24am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 January, 2014, 12:53am

Cheung King-lok stole the limelight on the second day of the Hong Kong International Track Cup after clinching two gold medals at Tseung Kwan O velodrome yesterday.

The 22-year-old first won the gruelling men's points race covering a long distance of 30 kilometres and one hour later, he took out his second win in the individual pursuit final.

The hosts won a total of three gold medals yesterday, although it could have been four when a protest from Sarah Lee Wai-sze in the women's sprint final was overruled.

Three gold medals are a bonus, but of course I would try my best in the scratch race to complete a wonderful event in front of the home crowds
Cheung King-lok

Jamie Wong Wan-yiu won Hong Kong's third gold of the day after narrowly defeating compatriot Yang Qianyu in an all-Hong Kong women's individual pursuit final. So far, Hong Kong have won nine gold medals.

"I had three races today and therefore I had to reserve my energy, so that I won't be running out of stamina in the end," said Cheung.

"And thanks to my coach, I had undergone a lot of endurance training, so that I was able to cope with this demanding situation."

Coupled with the gold medal in the team pursuit on the opening day, Cheung has captured three golds in the Class I event before today's scratch race.

"Three gold medals are a bonus, but of course I would try my best in the scratch race to complete a wonderful event in front of the home crowds," said Cheung, whose parents are attending the races.

In the women's sprint final, Lee and her opponent, Zhong Tianshi of China, were on level terms after the first two legs in the best-of-three tie.

In the decider, Lee accused the mainlander of failing to keep her lane in the final sprint and lodged a protest after the finish when Zhong crossed first. But the commissaire panel decided both riders had blocked each other's lanes and upheld Zhong's win.

"It always happens [a protest] and there are no hard feelings between me and Zhong, as I don't believe she did it on purpose," said Lee.

Lee will compete in the keirin today and again faces tough competition from the mainlanders if she wants to add gold to her tally after capturing top prize in the time trial on the opening day.