Ko and Li bounce back from brink to beat world champions China in doubles When China's world champion pair needed just six more points to seal the gold medal yesterday, it looked inevitable that Hong Kong's Ko Lai-chak and Li Ching would have to settle for yet another second place finish. But despite trailing three games to two and 5-1 in points in the sixth game, the dynamic duo dug deep and found a way to come back. They took that crucial game from Wang Liqin and Chen Qi by 11-9, setting up a thrilling upset that brought Hong Kong their second gold medal at the 17th Asian Championships in Jeju, South Korea. Hong Kong team manager So Kan-yuen said that Ko and Li's 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 victory was a match that was 'even more exciting than the Olympics'. 'I was most impressed by the way they played under adverse conditions,' said So. 'They really showed the fighting spirit of the Hong Kong people by persevering as long as there was still a glimmer of hope. 'Of course their skill was a basis for the victory, but by that stage it all came down to the psychological factors,' he said. So attributed the stunning victory to the pair's experience in pressure situations and their superior co-ordination. 'Wang and Chen are probably stronger individually,' he said, 'but perhaps they did not have as much time to practise together as Ko and Li did. Usually when Hong Kong play against China, we tend to wilt once they start pulling ahead,' said So. 'But Ko and Li had the self-confidence to hold on to the idea that they could win it.' Hong Kong's Olympic silver medallists had earned the finals spot earlier yesterday by beating South Korea's Ryu Seung-min, the singles gold medallist in Athens, and Hoi Hyun-jin in a far smoother match 11-7, 12-10, 13-15, 11-7, 11-6. 'We had the advantage both technically and in co-operation in that match, so we were able to lead almost the whole way through,' So said. In the mixed doubles finals, Ko and Zhang Rui fell to reigning world champions Wang and Guo Yue in straight sets 11-7, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 for a silver medal. Wang and Guo's victory was well deserved, said So. 'They simply played better. Getting the silver medal was already very good, because most of the world's best mixed pairs are represented in this Asian Championships,' he said. But he felt that the women's doubles of Tie Yana and Zhang did not perform as well as they could. The pair led their first game in the semi-finals against China's Guo Yan and Liu Shiwen 8-6, but could not clinch it as Guo and Liu scored five in a row to take the game 11-8. 'They played a little soft and didn't have the attack mentality,' said So. 'Both sides were pretty even in terms of skill so I think the results could have been very different if we were able to take the first game.' Guo and Liu won the match 11-8, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10 and went on to secure the gold by beating compatriots Guo Yue and Niu Jianfeng 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 13-11, 4-11, 11-9. Tie and Zhang took home a bronze medal from the women's doubles and yesterday's additions brought Hong Kong's medal count to two gold, one silver and two bronze. Hong Kong earlier won the women's team event and secured a bronze in the men's team event.