Hong Kong kept up their momentum at the Guangzhou velodrome yesterday, with 19-year-old Cheung King-lok grabbing a silver medal in the men's four-kilometre individual pursuit. This comes hard on the heels of Lee Wai-sze's gold in the 500-metre time trial on the opening day. Cheung, who only began training full-time two years ago, reached the final after defeating Wang Mingwei of China, but had to settle for second place against Jang Sun-jae of South Korea in the final. The Korean set an Asian record of four minutes and 26.08 seconds in the previous round and proved too strong for Cheung. Although Jang clocked a relatively poor 4:30.29 in the final, it was good enough to consign the Hong Kong rider to second place. Cheung completed the 16 laps in 4:37.54. 'Cheung knew he could not beat the Korean in the closing stages, and therefore he slowed a little bit to conserve energy for tomorrow's team pursuit qualifiers,' coach Shen Jinkang said. 'But winning a silver medal for such a young rider at a major multi-sport games is already a big achievement.' The youngster was happy with the silver in his maiden appearance at an Asian Games and promised to come back stronger at the next edition in Incheon, South Korea. 'My target is to change the medal to a richer colour at the next Games,' Cheung said. 'I was a bit nervous in the first round, fearing that I would not make it into the final. The Korean is very strong in this event and I have to say he was the better rider today.' The result has proved the growing depth of Hong Kong cycling, which has long been dominated by endurance riders such as veteran Wong Kam-po and Kwok Ho-ting. 'The Hong Kong team have been very strong in long-distance events such as scratch, points race and madison, but now we have produced some very good sprinters so that we can challenge medals in more events,' said team manager Hung Chung-yam, who was Hong Kong's top rider in the 1990s. 'It has proved the success of our feeder system, which keeps producing young riders through the ranks steadily.' Cheung certainly is one of Hong Kong's cycling stars of the future, identified and nurtured through the system after following in the footsteps of his elder brother, Cheung King-wai, who won the points race gold medal at the Doha Games four years ago. 'I took up cycling because of my brother,' King-lok said. 'We rode together in our younger days and after he joined the Sports Institute, I wanted to be as successful as him.' Cheung took up full-time training in 2008 and a year later, he won four gold medals at the Asian junior championships, including the time trial in road race, 3km individual pursuit, madison and points race.