Sarah Lee Wai-sze tops World Cup sprint standings after third-place finish in Mexico

Hong Kong star also finishes third in 500m time trial

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 January, 2014, 1:01pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 January, 2014, 10:16pm

Sarah Lee Wai-sze could only manage third place in the women's sprint in the third and final World Cup leg in Guadalajara, Mexico but the result was still good enough to send her to top of the series before next month's World Championships.

The Hong Kong rider made it to the semi-finals where she met Lin Junhong of China, the National Games champion.

And the mainlander beat Lee 2-0 in the best-of-three tie to reach the final.  Lee beat Lisandra Guerrarodriguez of Cuba in the bronze medal race.

Lin went on to win an all-China final where she beat Zhong Tianshi.

Despite the result, Lee finished top of the World Cup series with 375 points. Kristina Vogel of Germany and Anna Meares of Australia, both of whom did not compete in Guadalajara, came second and third with 300 points and 248 points respectively.

Lee also had to settle for third  in the 500-metre time trial, which was held between her two bronze medal matches. She finished the two-lap race in 33.928 seconds, behind champion Anastasiia Voinova of Russia (33.645 seconds) and Miriam Welte of Germany (33.736 seconds).

The 26-year-old will compete in the keirin on Monday.

Diao Xiaojuan, who won her first World Cup gold medal in the women's scratch on Saturday, is currently 12th in the omnium after the first three events.

In the men's individual pursuit, Cheung King-lok was  13th out of 18 riders in the 4-kilometre race.

Leung Chun-wing was 16th out of 17 in the men's 1-kilometre time trial.