HONGKONG sportsmen and women made their presence felt at international level on both sides of the globe, with the rowers winning medals in Europe while the table tennis players and athletes enjoyed similar success in Asia. The rowing team, in Piediluco for the world renowned annual training camp which attracted over 1,400 participants worldwide, completed a five-medal haul at the Italian National Regatta. The territory's top woman sculler Ho Kim-fai, who gave up her teaching post at Pui Ying College two years ago to become a full-time scholarship rower, won the lightweight single event. Her victory was so convincing that coach Chris Perry also decided to enter her in the heavyweight division in which she has to give away some 15 kilograms to her opponents. Ho, however, overcame the handicap and put up an extremely bold effort to win the bronze medal. Hongkong's new lightweight doubles combination of Malina Ngai Man-lin and Grace Pang Pik-han also captured two medals - a gold and a silver. The Hongkong men's lightweight doubles crew of Chiang Wing-hung and Lui Kam-chi, a Chu Hai College student, did remarkably well to claim a bronze medal. National coach Perry was extremely pleased with the overall performance of the rowers and is hopeful they will continue with their success at the East Asian Games in Shanghai next month. ''Two years ago we would be very happy to qualify for the B final (top 12) in Piediluco but now we are challenging for honours,'' said a delighted Perry. ''This is the final tune-up for our crew ahead of the East Asian Games and everyone seems to be reaching their peak. ''We should be in with realistic medal chances in Shanghai and Kim-fai should finish very close in the women's single scull event.'' The Hongkong women's table tennis team returned from Vietnam with two runner-up trophies from the Golden Racquet tournament despite the absence of star players Chan Tan-lui and Chai Po-wa. The second-string squad comprising Chan Suk-yuen, Cheng Tao and Siu Kit-ying did remarkably well in finishing second to Singapore in the team competition. China-born Cheng, who has lived in the territory for two years and only just fulfilled the minimum residency requirement for representation, was also the losing finalist in the singles event to a Singapore player. Coach Cheung Sau-ying is full of praise for the team, saying: ''It has always been Chai Po-wa and Chan Tan-lui who bring us glory at international competitions but now our others girls are coming up the ranks. ''It was unfortunate that Singapore was represented by two former Chinese national players - Jing Junhong and Gao Dongping - who have to bank on their experience to beat us. ''If Cheng Tao continues to improve at this rate, I think we have another top class player in the making.'' The players' next target is the World Championships in England and making up the four-member women's team are Chai, Cheng, Chan Tan-lui and Chan Suk-yuen. Cheng, however, is only allowed to enter the singles and doubles events and is not eligible for the team championship because players must have resided in their country for a minimum of six years. Nevertheless coach Cheung said: ''Cheng Tao is showing good promise and we hope she can one day match the exploits of Po-wa and Tan-lui, who are both in the world's top 10. ''She hasn't got a world ranking yet because she hasn't played in enough tournaments, but she'll be given more opportunities now that she has proven she deserves it.'' Another Hongkong team to strike success on the international arena were at the Philippines Open athletics championships in which star woman triple jumper Li Chun-nei captured a gold medal. Li, a bronze medallist at the recent Thailand Open, did even better this time when she set a Hongkong record of 14.82 metres in Manila's Rizal National Stadium. Chang Yu-ho also made a leap of 14.82 metres, which was good enough for a bronze in the men's division.