Dominant Sarah Lee Wai-sze notches up keirin gold medal at Asian Cycling Championships
Hong Kong's top rider has little difficulty adding to her collection at Asian Championships
Sarah Lee Wai-sze lived up to expectations as she clinched her second gold medal at the Asian Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, yesterday, by powering to victory in the women's keirin.
The sprinter had little difficulty beating her opponents in the eight-lap race. Kim Wong-yeong of South Korea pulled off a big surprise to finish second, knocking favourite Zhong Tianshi of China into third place.
Another favourite, China's Lin Junhong, finished fifth in the first round, so could only compete in the race for seventh to 12th place. She won this event.
It was the second consecutive Asian Championships keirin title for Hong Kong's best rider after her success in India last year.
Lee, who won a bronze medal in the keirin at the 2012 London Olympic Games, was a class apart in Astana yesterday, winning the first round and then the final.
"She always remains a force to be reckoned with in the keirin and her victory will definitely boost her hopes in the forthcoming Asian Games in Incheon in September," said Hong Kong Cycling Association chairman Leung Hung-tak.
Lee also won the 500-metre time trial in the Kazakhstan capital, but since the Asian Games will only feature the Olympic programme, the time trial will not be contested in Incheon.
In the male junior points race, Leung Ka-yu won a gold medal for Hong Kong with 38 points, with Roman Vassilenkov of Kazakhstan second with 12 points.
With the track events over, the battlefield moves to Karaganda City for the road races, which start tomorrow.
The Hong Kong men's road race team arrived in Kazakhstan yesterday after competing in the Tour of Japan. Hong Kong's best chance is with promising Cheung King-lok, who has taken two gold medals on the track - the points race and madison.
He will be competing in the men's individual time trial - the same event in which he won a bronze medal at the 2013 China National Games while the women's individual road race team, headed by Meng Zhaojuan, will face tough competition from China, South Korea and Taiwan.