CYCLING

Hong Kong's Sarah Lee back in the saddle and out for sprint revenge as she faces off against Anna Meares

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 August, 2016, 5:17am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 August, 2016, 1:25pm

Hong Kong star Sarah Lee Wai-sze gets her chance for revenge against Australia’s Anna Meares in the 1/8-finals of the women’s sprint on Monday.

A nudge from Meares sent Lee – and her medal hopes - flying in the keirin on Saturday.

Now the pair face off early in the sprint after reigning champion Meares had to qualify through the 1/16-final repechages.

WATCH: relive the action involving Hong Kong athletes on Day 9 at the Rio Olympics

Lee was back on her bike after Saturday’s nasty crash and sailed through to the 1/8-finals, finishing third in qualifying then seeing off France’s Virginie Cueff in her 1/16-finals match-up.

But she didn’t pause to reflect on the disappointment of the keirin, when Meares made contact with her in the semis and sent her flying.

Meares failed to win her 1/16-final match-up against Simona Krupeckaite, but won the second-chance repechage.

Lee was a bronze medallist in the keirin in London 2012, but now needs to get revenge over six-time Olympic medallist Meares – and the rest of a strong field – if she has to medal in the sprint.

“My coach doesn’t want me to do any interviews until after the quarter-finals,” she apologised.

Meanwhile, Leung Chun-wing kicked off his men’s omnium campaign but was lying 17th out of 18 at the halfway stage of the six-discipline event.

WATCH: Hong Kong's star cyclist Sarah Lee is set to shine at the Olympics again