On song Sarah Lee Wai-sze reaches 500m time trial final at Track World Championships
Home favourite posts second best time of her career in qualifying on Saturday to reach the eight-rider final this evening at Tseung Kwan O Velodrome
Hong Kong’s Sarah Lee Wai-sze recorded one of her best results in the women’s 500m time trial on Saturday to earn a place in the final, but winning a gold medal will require a much better effort at the UCI Track World Championships.
The home favourite finished the two-lap qualifier in 33.647 seconds, putting her in the fourth place to reach the eight-rider final on Saturday evening.
The result is her second best time to date and beats the 33.736 seconds she clocked as she clinched a silver medal in the same event in London last year.
Lee’s best time of 33.296 seconds was recorded in a the World Cup series meeting at altitude in Mexico in 2013.
But defending champion Anastasiia Voinova of Russia, who won the team spirit at the Tseung Kwan O Velodrome on Wednesday, topped the timesheets in 33.325 seconds, followed by team spirit partner Daria Shmeleva in 33.419 seconds
Former world record holder, Miriam Welte of Germany, finished third with a time of 33.45 seconds.
Another Hong Kong sprinter, meanwhile, endured another mediocre run as Vivian Ma Wing-yu finished in 37.128 seconds to put her last out of the 21 starters.
“There were some mistakes at the start which had affected my performance. In fact, this was my first time trial competition,” said 19-year-old Ma, who suspended her university studies in November to commit to full-time training.
“I did not know I had to race in this event until the day before and spared little time for specific training on time trial.
“But since I have only got back to the sport for five months, there is not too much you can ask for.
“The worlds is definitely a good experience for a green rider like me as I can learn a lot from those world class riders and it give me more impetus to close the big gap against them.”
Ma and Lee are set to combine in the team sprint at the National Games in August having won a silver medal at the Asian Championships earlier this year.
In the men’s omnium, Leung Chun-wing is in 17th place after the scratch and tempo races, while Yang Qianyu failed to reach the medal race in the women’s individual pursuit after finishing 22nd overall.