Hong Kong rowing star Fenella Ng Gar-loc got a huge psychological boost for December's Asian Games by becoming the first Hong Kong rower to reach the final of the world championships in Cologne, Germany. The 29-year-old swimmer-turned-rower did one better than her performance last year after finishing sixth in the 'A' final for the world's elite rowers. Ng rowed the race of her life to reach the A final after finishing third in the semi-finals. She needed medical treatment after collapsing from exhaustion after crossing the finish line. 'The semi-final really took a lot out of me but I'm glad I did it because I wanted to reach the A final. It was one of my targets this year. Getting into the final is a real boost for me, especially as I want to do well in the Asian Games,' Ng said. She was disadvantaged in the final by starting in lane one, which left her exposed to the wind. She was left struggling as she finished some six seconds behind fifth-placed Myrna Rajle of Croatia. Ng clocked seven minutes and 59.60 seconds in the final, which was won by hot-favourite Pia Vogel of Switzerland, who came home in 7:41.01. 'My target for this year was to get in the final; I have achieved that,' said Ng. 'Rowing in a world final was a completely new experience for me. The standard was extremely high but I learnt a great deal, too.' Hong Kong head coach Chris Perry said Ng's sixth place had put her in good stead for the Bangkok Games where she is considered a gold medal prospect. 'It was a supreme effort for her to get to the final in only her second year in the singles, and that was our main target. 'The sculler from Argentina, who was sixth last year, won a medal today so we will be looking for that next year, too. Now we are setting our sights on the Asian Games and we must not forget that we have 12 more weeks of hard work ahead of us.' Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Michael Tse and Chau Fung Yau, who took part in race-offs for places 19 to 24 at the championships, finished 23rd and 24th respectively.