Jamie Wong upbeat about Incheon after winning domestic gold
The 27-year-old silver medallist powers to victory in Tin Shui Wai time trial
Jamie Wong Wan-yiu powered to victory in the individual time trial at the domestic road championships in Tin Shui Wai yesterday and proclaimed herself confident of a strong showing at the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon.
Wong's main focus is the women's 4km team pursuit at the Incheon Games in September, and although her team has been weakened by the forced withdrawal of formidable former mainland pair Yang Qianyu and Pang Yao for eligibility reasons, their replacements, Leung Po-yee and her younger sister Leung Wing-yee, filled second and third places in yesterday's 8km time trial.
"I still think we have a pretty good chance in the team pursuit even though we have been forced to change two key members with less than four months to go," said Wong, 27, a silver medallist in the points race at the Guangzhou Asian Games four years ago.
"We have two home-grown talents joining the team and we are working hard with them to help them improve and be able to compete against strong rivals such as China and South Korea."
Hong Kong captured a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the recent Asian Championships in Kazakhstan with Wong, Yang, Pang and Meng Zhaojuan.
Wong clocked 10 minutes and 20.693 seconds to win yesterday, while Pang and Yang were 10:23.622 and 10:40.637 respectively.
Wong said they had had little time to adjust to the hot and humid weather.
"We only came back from our training base in Kunming the night before the race and it was difficult to race in the heat here," she said. "But it is still good to clinch the title. We return to China on Monday to continue our preparation for the Asian Games."
In the men's event yesterday, Cheung King-lok took gold in 8:56.157, with Cheung King-wai, his elder brother second in 9:17.819. David Tonks was third in 9:36.91.
The championships continue today with a 105km road race starting on Bride's Pool Road in Tai Po.