The smiles were back on the faces of the Hong Kong contingent at the 14th Asian Games yesterday after the men's snooker team won the SAR its first gold medal. Marco Fu Ka-chun, Fung Kwok-wai and Chan Kwok-ming combined superbly to lead Hong Kong to a 2-1 win over China in a thriller at the Dongju College Gymnasium on the outskirts of Pusan. The win brought relief to Hong Kong officials who had been embarrassed by the controversy surrounding the ineligibility of table tennis star Lin Ling. 'This is very special. Winning the first gold medal is very important,' said a smiling Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee, who was among the first to congratulate the snooker team last night. The gold medal lifted Hong Kong to ninth in the medals standings, ahead of India. Cycling ace Wong Kam-po won a bronze medal in the road race yesterday to raise Hong Kong's medal tally in South Korea to one gold, two silvers and three bronzes. Fu said: 'The pressure was right on in the last frame. But luckily my opponent was even more nervous than I was. It feels great to beat China.' A superb half-century break by Fu in the fifth and final frame was the spark that set off wild celebrations among Hong Kong players and officials. Squash ace Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin will be chasing Hong Kong's second gold of the Games today. She plays arch-rival and favourite Nicol David of Malaysia in the women's individual final - a repeat of the last Asian Games final in Bangkok four years ago when Asian No 1 David was the winner. 'We have achieved our target which was to defend the silver medal. But Rebecca wants more. Anything more will be a bonus for Hong Kong,' SAR coach Tony Choi said yesterday. Hong Kong golden girl Lee Lai-shan began her campaign to capture a second successive Asian Games gold medal on a high note when she won the opening two races yesterday in the women's mistral windsurfing event to lead her main rivals from China and Japan. 'I'm feeling good,' said San San. Coach Rene Appel warned it was still early days, saying: 'It is definitely a good start, but at the same time it is too early to start thinking of medals. San San cannot afford to be complacent.' San San still has nine races to go, and the SAR team will have to wait until Wednesday to know if they have another gold medal in the bag.