A severe bout of gastroenteritis sapped power and strength from top Hong Kong medal hope Law Hiu-fung, who spent the days leading up to the start of the rowing competition on the seat of a toilet rather than that of his scull. Law, who won two medals at the 2002 Asian Games in Pusan, lost almost four kilograms, but is slowly recovering and there is hope in the Hong Kong camp, buoyed by a couple of performances in yesterday's heats that the champion will be fit and ready to win his place in the men's open singles sculls final on Thursday. 'He was badly sick for three days and spent most of his time shivering and sweating, and on the toilet seat,' Hong Kong head coach Chris Perry said. 'But his fever is down now and he is getting back to normal. We hope he will be ready for his bid to enter the final.' Law raced in the heats yesterday but could not manage an impressive time leaving him in the repechage tomorrow. 'He just missed out on a direct entry into the final. Another day or two and he should be OK. The funny thing is that over the past two years, Law has beaten every single one of his opponents and, if he is fully fit, I would expect him to win a medal,' Perry said. Rowing is fielding its largest squad at an Asian Games - eight men and five women - having entered the lightweight women's quadruple sculls for the first time and also seeing the men's squad making a comeback after the Hiroshima Games in 1994. There was joy for Lee Ka-man in the lightweight women's singles sculls when she won her 2,000 metres heat in seven minutes 55.19 seconds to gain a place in the final. Lee, who won rowing's only medal four years ago in Doha, is regarded as a leading chance. The men's lightweight double sculls pairing of So Sau-wah and Chow Kwong-wing also booked their berth in the final winning their heat in 6:35.33. 'The immediate objective is to see all our crews in the finals,' Perry said. 'In some events where there are less than six teams, everyone goes straight into the final with preliminary races to decide which lanes they race in. So far everything is going to plan, that is of course apart from Law's toilet stay.'