Swimmer-turned-rower Fenella Ng Kar-loc won a gold medal in the women's single sculls at the All-Japan Rowing Championship - and earned revenge by beating Japanese rival Noriko Shibuta. The Hong Kong Sports Institute scholarship athlete led the 31-strong field with a time of seven minutes and 55.53 seconds, beating nearest rival Chika Toyata by more than four seconds. Toyata completed the 2,000-metre course in 7:59.77 while Pusan East Asian Games lightweight champion Shibuta was a distant fifth in 8:04.85. Ng finished behind Shibuta in the Pusan games and won the silver medal. She said before her departure that it would be difficult to beat Shibuta on Japanese ground. 'It was good for me to win before going to Europe for the World Cup and World Championships,' said Ng. 'I'm also delighted to have beaten Shibuta because I felt I could improve on what I did in Pusan. Now, I feel confident that I can be among the best scullers in Asia.' The men's doubles crew of Lo Sing-yan and Chiang Wing- hung also reached the finals, but narrowly missed taking a medal by finishing fourth in their event. Another Hong Kong representative, Chow Fung-yau, lost in the semi-finals of the men's single sculls. Coach Chris Perry said his rowers performed very well considering they had not intended to peak for Japan after the East Asian Games. 'It was a good experience for our crews before leaving for the World Cup Regatta in Switzerland in July and the World Championships in France in September,' said Perry. Ng had shown her potential to become a top sculler in Asia, he added.