So Sau-wah and Chow Kwong-wing won a silver medal in rowing, but it was an against-all-odds bronze won by the men's lightweight four - who were turned down by the Hong Kong Olympic Committee initially - which set off wild celebrations in the Hong Kong camp yesterday. 'We expected Sau-wah and Kwong-wing to win a medal but getting a bronze in the coxless four is a bonus,' delighted head coach Chris Perry said, as rowing contributed to Hong Kong's growing medal count. In further good news, Hong Kong won their first silver medal in fencing at when Au Sin-ying came second in the women's individual sabre at Guangda Gymnasium last night. Au beat two fencers of China on her way to set up a final showdown against Kim Hye-lim of South Korea, but lost 15-7. 'It's a great result as I only expected a bronze medal at best,' Au said. 'I was a bit tired after beating two Chinese fencers to reach the final and did try my best against Kim. I am still very happy to get a silver.' The rowers' target was to win three medals. And with three more realistic chances today, that goal might be exceeded. The men's four was not part of that equation as Hong Kong were taking part for the first time in this event at the Games since the 1994 edition in Hiroshima 'On that occasion, we suffered heartbreak as the team just got pipped for the bronze medal. This is a young crew and they produced the goods today,' Perry said. Two members of the Hiroshima team, Chung Chi-lok and Lui Kam-chi, are now members of the dragon boat team, and the pair met the rowers in the dining hall at the athletes' village to convey their best wishes and remind them of the agony of 16 years ago. 'That story seems to have inspired our guys today,' Perry said. 'And by winning the medal, they have also justified their presence in Guangzhou.' At one stage it looked as if Leung Chun-shek, Kwan Ki-cheong, Liao Shun-yin and Tang Chiu-mang would not race after the Hong Kong Olympic Committee turned them down because there was no record of achievement in this discipline. 'We convinced them this squad had potential and the Olympic Committee said they would approve if we could prove a place was deserved,' Perry said. To do that, the rowers who were training in Munich, Germany, had to take part in a time trial under the eye of an independent judge and were told they had to complete the 2,000-metre course in under six minutes and 19 seconds. They did it by four-hundredths of a second. 'And now they have excelled, by winning a first-ever medal for Hong Kong in a sweep-rowing event,' Perry said. Liao said: 'We didn't expect to win a medal. All we wanted was to do our best. We gave it 100 per cent and this has been our best performance.' The Hong Kong lightweight four did it in style yesterday, shaving four seconds off their best time to finish in 6:14:84. Japan won the gold in 6:10.14, while India took the silver in 6:13.32, half a boat length in front of Leung and company. The lightweight men's double sculls of So and Chow also had a tremendous race. China's Zhang Guolin and Sun Jie, ranked fifth at the World Championships a fortnight ago in New Zealand, took gold in 6:26:37 with Hong Kong second in 6:34:50, more than a second in front of Japan. 'We hadn't beaten the Japanese before and the guys did well in what was a very hard race,' Perry said.