A tired Wong Kam-po finished second last in the men's 40km individual road race time trial at the 10th National Games yesterday, but his poor showing will have little effect on his final race tomorrow. Of the 27 entries yesterday, Wong managed to beat only a Macanese rider with a poor time of one hour, one minute and 52 seconds while teammate Cheung King-wai finished in 22nd place in 56:37.6. The race was won by Song Baoqing of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 50:57.77, while the second and third places went to Lou Jianshi and Pun Guangchun of the PLA and Liaoning respectively. 'This was my second race in two days and indeed I found it a bit tiring,' said Wong. 'I had an agreement with the coach before the race saying if I made little progress after the first 10km, I should just keep to a low pace so that I could save more power for the crucial individual road race on Thursday,' said Wong after the race. 'If I were in good condition and gave the event a good trial, I might have a chance to reach the top three, but that was not going to happen today.' The 32-year-old will certainly be the man to beat when he leads off a strong field for the 184km individual road race tomorrow. Wong twice won the title in Hong Kong's two prior campaigns at the National Games. 'It's not going to be easy if I want to successfully defend the title for the third time. The road race is traditionally the most important event in cycling and all the other teams will be vying for the title,' said Wong. 'Of course, this is my pet event and I always want to win it.' Wong said although he only had 48 hours for recovery, he was not worrying too much. 'A two-day period is enough for recovery,' he said. Nutritionist Susan Chung So-shan, who accompanied the team to Nanjing, supplied Wong with carbohydrate powder drink immediately after the race. 'This is very important for the recovery of muscle glycogen repletion,' said the sports scientist. 'For next two days, Wong will need to go through a high carbohydrate loading so that he can recover in time for the road race.' Hong Kong team coach Shen Jinkang said he wasn't too worried about Wong's time trial result. 'This event was not his target,' said the coach. 'Obviously he has yet to recover from the points race which affected his performance today. But as long as he can recover in the next two days, which I think is highly possible, he still stands a good chance of winning the title for the third time.' Shen said Wong's major opponents tomorrow would come from the People's Liberation Army, Shanghai, Liaoning and Ninxia. In the women's 20km individual road race time trial yesterday, Hong Kong's Wong Wan-yiu finished 18th out of 24 riders.