Hong Kong's men's lightweight doubles team are only one race away from the Sydney Olympics. The SAR pair of Lo Sing-yan and Lui Kam-chi yesterday reached the final of the Asian Championships after winning their heat in Naganuma, Japan. Hong Kong now need a top-three finish in tomorrow's six-team final to book their Olympic places. And their task has been made easier by the fact that fellow-finalists Japan have already qualified for the Olympics via this year's World Championships. So far, only Hong Kong and Japan have qualified for the final after winning their heats, while the others will battle to repechages to complete the final field. If Lo and Lui can maintain their form, an Olympic place should be a formality. 'It is good for us to win today because we can avoid China and other strong crews in the repechage. By winning that race, we can take the pressure off while keeping the pressure on others,' a relieved national coach Chris Perry said. Perry admits that the Japanese pair - who clocked six minutes and 30.16 seconds, 15.74 seconds faster than his rowers - are the favourites. 'In today's heat, we held the pace right to the finish after we had taken the lead at the halfway mark,' he said. Lo and Lui won the race convincingly as they clocked 6:45.90, almost seven seconds ahead of the second-placed Filipinos. Meanwhile, Fenella Ng Gar-loc had a light workout in yesterday's practice race, where she came second behind China's Asian Games gold medallist Zhang Xiaoyun. A top-three finish in Sunday's straight final will put the former swimmer in the record books as one of only a handful of athletes who have competed at the Olympics in two different sports.