Nine SAR athletes have won more than $1 million for their outstanding performances at the National Games in Guangzhou last month. They received a total of $1,110,000 under the Hang Seng Athlete Incentive Award Scheme. The Hong Kong Sports Development Board (SDB) agreed to match the cash rewards from Hang Seng Bank on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Hang Seng also offered a special incentive of $70,000 to each table tennis player who entered the quarter-finals in their respective events. Competing against the mainland's best, Hong Kong's athletes clinched two gold, two silver and one bronze medal in cycling, windsurfing, athletics and tennis. This was a big leap forward from the historic cycling gold Wong Kam-po won in Hong Kong's debut at the National Games in 1997. 'It is great to see teamwork at the National Games being rewarded,' said SDB chairman John Hung. Cyclist Wong was delighted to collect the award for the second time. He received $300,000 after successfully defending his individual road race title at the games. 'Hang Seng Bank has shown over the years that it is a long-term friend of sport and athletes. I am delighted to have retained my title, and to once again be recognised through the scheme,' said Wong. 'I am especially pleased, though, that more athletes are able to join me this time. We have all worked so hard - this is a wonderful reward.' Young cycling star Ho Siu-lun clinched gold with his first major title, following his silver medal in the 30-kilometre race at the Asian Championships last year. 'I'm so glad to receive this award,' Ho said. 'It is a big recognition for my efforts and also an acknowledgement for my teammates and coach. 'In cycling, that means everything - I couldn't have done it without them.'