Talented sculler Law Hiu-fung was forced to do it the hard way, having fought his way through the repechage. But his efforts were rewarded as he reached the rowing final at the National Games for the first time and gave himself a chance of clinching another medal for Hong Kong. The 20-year-old rower qualified for the final of the men's single sculls after he finished third in the semi-final race yesterday. Hong Kong's best rowing result in the National Games was achieved four years ago, when the four-man team reached the semi-final stage with a 12th-place overall finish. Hong Kong's first medal of these games was the gold won by BMX rider Stephen Wong on Tuesday. In the 2,000 metres rowing race yesterday, Law clocked 7.56.10 but only after a fierce battle with the fourth and fifth placed rowers from Gansu and Guangdong over the first 1,000m. 'I knew that my opponents were about 20kg heavier than me in body weight and would have a big power advantage in the headwind,' Law said. 'My strategy was to use a much shorter oar length and try to keep up by higher stroke rating and more attacks. It worked really well and I was able to rattle some of them enough to pass by.' Hong Kong team coach Sam Wong Chi-wai said Law was outstanding. 'He has more international experience and has the best rowing skill among the rowers here,' Wong said. 'Even coaches from other provinces praised him for his good rowing techniques.' The men's lightweight pair just missed out on a qualifying position after finishing fourth in their semi-final race earlier in the day. In Wuxi, the women's table tennis team will secure a place in last eight if they beat Guangxi and if Beijing defeat Guangdong today. The team of Tie Yana, Zhang Rui and Lin Ling yesterday recorded another victory, defeating Shanghai 3-1 (3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 3-0) in the third round for two victories and one loss. But the men's team are unlikely to advance to last eight, although beating Hebei 3-2 (3-1, 1-3, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0) yesterday.