Sport Digest, October 15, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 3:23am

Liang wins battle for China Masters crown

Home golfer Liang Wenchong drained a 12-foot birdie on the fifth hole of a play-off to pip South Korean Yang Yong-eun at the OneAsia Tour's US$1-million Nanshan China Masters yesterday. Yang fired a two-under-par 69 to overnight leader Liang's 73, leaving both at eight under for the tournament. They then matched each other shot for shot as they replayed the 18th hole five times in a bid to settle the match. "I'm very happy," Liang said after sinking his winning putt in fading light at the Nanshan International Golf Club's Danling course. "I have never been involved in something like this," he added. "Thanks to {Yang] for making it so exciting." Staff Reporter


HK cyclist Lee crashes out of World Cup final

A crash during the last lap of the women's keirin final deprived Lee Wai-sze of a second medal at track cycling's World Cup in Cali, Colombia, yesterday. The Hong Kong cyclist reached the final after two second-placed finishes in the first and second rounds, but had to settle for sixth in the final after the accident. The Olympic bronze medallist, 25, won gold in the sprint on Saturday, her first success in a World Cup series event. Teammate Diao Xiaojuan failed to reach the final and finished 11th. In the men's points race, Hong Kong's Leung Chun-wing, reigning world junior champion, learned a hard lesson at the senior level as he finished 17th out of 22 riders. Chan Kin-wa


Fiji pound NZ to defend Gold Coast Sevens title

Fiji retained their Gold Coast Sevens rugby crown with a 32-14 win over New Zealand in the opening leg of the IRB Sevens World Series. The Fijians had seven debutants in their squad but were far too strong for New Zealand, who also fielded a young side. "I'm so proud of the boys, they did so well," Fiji captain Levani Botia said. AFP