MICHAEL Wright claimed Hongkong's first swimming medal at the East Asian Games in Shanghai last night, powering his way to a bronze in the 50 metres freestyle. Wright, coming home behind two mainlanders, held off challenges from Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean rivals to clinch third place. Hongkong-born Wright, 27, clocked 23.86 seconds to grab the bronze behind Shen Jianqiang, who won in 23.11, and Qiu Jieming. It is the territory's third medal of the inaugural East Asian Games, following successes by the men's and women's badminton teams. There could be more medals heading Hongkong's way in the wushu (Chinese martial arts) competition after Ng Siu-ching and Li Fai moved into strong positions after the first discipline of the women's three events combined. Ng, 24, and Li, 23, lie second and third respectively after the first day. As well as dominating the swimming yesterday, China also had great success in track and field and weightlifting. It now tops the medal table with 49 golds of the 103 medals awarded. Meanwhile, the Macau soccer team's miserable tournament hit a new low yesterday as they slumped to their worst double-digit defeat yet, a 19-0 reverse to Japan.