Hong Kong's hope of winning their first medal at the National Games was dashed last night when the men's badminton team went down 3-1 to Fujian in the third place playoff in Kunshan Sports Centre. Only Liu Kwok-wa and Albertus Njoto were able to secure a victory in the second doubles as Hong Kong were outclassed by their opponents in every department. Despite the results, coach Chan Chi-choi was not disappointed with the overall performance of the Hong Kong team. 'The National Games is always a tough competition for badminton as the standard of China in this sport is extremely high,' said Chan. 'We have gone through the qualifiers, and then finished second in the preliminaries. Although we lost in the final hurdle of winning a medal for Hong Kong, the players have all done a very good job. 'The match against Fujian was not easy as they boast three China national team players. We had changed our line-up in an attempt to deceive the opposition, but it did not work the way we wanted. Fujian are the better side and the results were not unexpected.' Hong Kong fielded youngster Chan Yan-kit in the opening singles, hoping to meet Fujian's number one Chen Hong, but unfortunately the opposition also changed their line-up with another national team player Xie Xin playing in the opening tie. Despite putting up a brave fight, Chan was hardly effective against national team player Xie and lost in straight sets. The SAR team were given a slim hope when Liu and Njoto won the second doubles. The Hong Kong duo, who rank 13th in the world, had little difficulty in defeating Hu Zhilan and Zhang Weihong 2-0 in straight sets, 15-6, 15-3, to level the score to one-all. The third singles therefore proved to be crucial as the top players from each side met. However, Ng Wei of Hong Kong was a bit nervous and failed to play his best against Chen Hong. Chen, a member of the China national squad who rank seventh in the world, gave little chance to his opposition and thrashed Ng, ranked 10th in the world, in two sets 15-12, 15-9. In the fourth doubles, Lam Hoi-tak and Tam Lok-tim were no match for Guo Zhendong and Qiu Bohui of Fujian as they went down 2-0 in a quick-fire match. In the individual events. Hong Kong's Wang Chen, Ng and Agus Hariyanto have qualified for the main draw which starts tomorrow.