The gold medal looked a formality for defending BMX champion Steven Wong as he sailed through his three races to the final of the National Games in Shandong yesterday, then his bike let him down. The red-hot favourite came crashing down soon after the start when his chain snapped - destroying his chance of defending his title and collecting a HK$300,000 incentive bonus from the Hong Kong Sports Institute awards scheme. There was some joy for Hong Kong though, as teammate Alex Hunter, born and raised here by a Chinese mother, finished third in the eight-man final. And in the men's triathlon, veteran Daniel Lee Chi-wo also claimed a bronze behind two People's Liberation Army athletes. The two medals gave the 230-strong Hong Kong delegation a big boost on the eve of the official opening ceremony in the provincial capital of Jinan tonight. Wong and Hunter will return to Hong Kong today to prepare for the Asian Championship at the new BMX course in Gin Drinker's Bay in Kwai Ching on October 31. The HK$20 million Jockey Club-funded facility will also be the venue for December's East Asian Games. Wong will be hoping for better luck. 'I checked my bike before the race and there was nothing wrong with it,' he said. 'Of course it is disappointing, especially as it happened in the final.' Wong has won the Asian title for the past three years, while Hunter also made it into the final in Indonesia last year but failed to reach the top three owing to a crash. Hunter was delighted with his success in his first National Games, but he was not fully satisfied with his performance in the final. 'My goal was to reach the top three in the National Games and it is good to achieve it,' said the 21-year-old rider, who started first as a mountain biker before shifting to BMX four years ago. 'I was doing very well from the qualifying round to the semi-finals, but just failed to produce my best in the last race.' Hunter will receive a HK$60,000 cash reward from the Sports Institute. Lee, meanwhile, thanked his teammates for their tactical help. The squad has been training hard for months to work as a team in major competitions, and yesterday's plan worked out well when Ricco Chan and Ho Kin-fun gave Lee protection on the 1,500m single-lap sea swim. Lee emerged from the water in second place, and led after the 40km bike section, but was soon passed by Bai Faquan and then eventual winner Jiang Zhihuang in the 10km run. Lee finished 64 seconds behind the winner, and was elated with his performance. 'The medal is justification for the training the squad has put in over the past few months,' Lee said.