Deputy chef de mission Ronnie Wong Man-chiu said the territory must place more emphasis on blue riband sports athletics and swimming if Hong Kong is to improve in major games. Track and field and swimming together had 80 gold medals at stake during the East Asian Games, representing more than 40 per cent of the total number of golds in the 10 days of competition. Hong Kong won one track and field medal, a silver from Chan Sau-ying in the women's 100 metres hurdles. 'Those two are the fundamental Olympic sports,' said Wong, who took over as head of the Hong Kong delegation following Pang Chung's return to Hong Kong last week. 'They are the only sports always guaranteed a place in any major games. Hong Kong does a lot for these sports, but more emphasis must be placed on them, financial and technical.' Athletics in Hong Kong lacks a national coach and is not the priority sport with the Sport Development Board. Swimming enjoys the support of the Hong Kong Sports Institute, but Wong said the main problem was facilities. Wong said he was happy overall with Hong Kong's haul of one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. That was the official medal tally. Demonstration sport rowing furnished three silver and a bronze, while Hong Kong also won a bronze in tenpin bowling, which was an exhibition sport. Wushu also provided medals, including Ng Siu-ching's gold in the women's nanquan. Major games debutant Lo Nga-sing earned a silver in the women's three-events combined, while double Asian Games silver medallist Leung Yat-ho took bronze in the men's nanquan. Athletics also unveiled a new sprinting star for Hong Kong in 17-year-old To Wai-lok, who lowered the national marks in both the men's 100 metres and 200 metres. Bronze came from Chan Mei-ling in the 52-kilogram division of the women's judo, and Hong Kong swimmers set several national records, notably in the 4x200 metres freestyle, anchored by Mark Kwok. Sherry Tsai, 13, twice set Hong Kong records in the women's 100 metres backstroke. Meanwhile, Pusan last night bade a spectacular farewell to the athletes of East Asia at the Kudok Stadium. A full house of 30,000 spectators, each issued with a flashlight, played its part in a dazzling light show. Wushu gold medallist Ng Siu-ching carried the Hong Kong flag into the stadium, becoming the last athlete from the territory to hold the colonial flag in any major games. Hundreds of children worked out to thumping music, and a troupe from Osaka, host city of the 2001 Games, performed a traditional routine using giant puppets. The 85-minute ceremony came to an end with a thunderous fireworks display from a nearby mountain top as the athletes, performers and hundreds of volunteers cascaded onto the field for final farewells. Deputy chef de mission Wong said: 'As far as Hong Kong sport is concerned, we know that we will be competing as a separate entity after the handover, only under a different flag and anthem.'