Hong Kong's lightweight double scull of So Sau-wah and Lo Ting-wai maintained their World Cup ranking of 12th after finishing last in the men's B-final at the Fisa World Cup Regatta in Munich. With conditions coming around to a headwind, the Hong Kong pair again made a good showing in the first half of the race, but were not able to maintain their pace over the second 1,000 metres. The double scull gold was won by Italy with Germany second. So and Lo had earlier finished fifth in the semi-finals which saw them lose out on a chance to challenge the top pairings and instead race for seventh to 17th positions. Two Italian crews finished top in the semi-finals. 'We had an amazing start and were surprised to find that we could keep pace with the Italians, who have some of the greatest lightweight scullers in the world at the moment. I think we gave so much in the first three-quarters of the race we just didn't have the legs to stay in the top three until the line,' said Lo after the semi-final race. 'Obviously we would have liked to be in the A-final, but we are still happy to have such a great improvement since the first World Cup three weeks ago.' So and Lo had finished 12th in the first World Cup race in London last month. Law Hiu-fung, dropped one spot from his previous World Cup placing after finishing second in the C-final to rank 14th overall in the competition. Law had a slow start but picked up pace to register his best time of the season - seven minutes, 18.85 seconds. Law's training partner, Rolandas Kazlauskas, also finished last in his B-final to rank 12th overall. '[Law] is still having some trouble in getting his overall pacing correct. Sometimes he starts too slowly and leaves himself too much to do in the second half of the race and sometimes he starts fast but forgets to settle. This is a matter of practice and experience in racing top-class opponents. He has all the right ingredients but does not always blend them right,' said Hong Kong head coach Chris Perry. But Perry was pleased with the overall results of the team. 'We're still building towards the World Under-23 Championships in July and it's clear that all of the crews have made significant improvements since the first World Cup race in May. If we can maintain our progress, then we should be looking for places in the top eight later in the season. It's tough racing athletes who are nearly all older and more experienced, but it is also an excellent way to gain tactical experience and build confidence.' The squad returns to the SAR today before departing two weeks later for a training camp with the British national team in Belgium followed by the World Under-23 Championships in Amsterdam.