Olympian Leung Chun-wing ready to break duck at Hong Kong Championships road race

The 23-year-old says it would be a dream come true if he can finally win the 120km event in Tin Shui Wai

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 June, 2017, 8:33pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 June, 2017, 11:32pm

Up-and-coming Leung Chun-wing is ready to win his first Hong Kong road race crown when the annual National Championships take place in Tin Shui Wai today.

The 23-year-old, who captured a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games and secured the 2016 Rio Olympic berth for Hong Kong, has never won the race in his own backyard.

“It has always been my dream to be crowned the Hong Kong champion but unfortunately my best finish was a second place two years ago,” said Leung. “My target is to win it one day and I believe the chance has come.

“My form is fine after a series of altitude training in Yunnan and my mind is firmly set for the event. There is also an incentive as the winner can put on the Hong Kong champion jersey for the next 12 months which is a great honour.”

Road race specialist Cheung King-lok, who won last year’s title, is leading a young contingent at the Tour of Korea and will miss the race – enhancing Leung’s hopes of winning the 120-kilometre event on Tin Sau Road.

But he still has to contend with Ko Siu-wai, who beat him to second place in the 2015. Also providing stiff competition will be Burr Ho and former Hong Kong team member Yeung Ying-hon, now riding for a professional team, Thailand-based Infinite AIS.

Cycling Association chairman Leung Hung-tak said Leung has the potential to become the Hong Kong champion.

“He is coming on strongly and the most important thing is that he has time on his side,” he said.