Jacqueline Lai Jing-man left her best until last, finishing with a clear second round, but it was still not good enough to earn her a medal in the individual jumping contest as the curtain came down on the equestrian events at the Hong Kong Jockey Club-built Conghua venue yesterday. Lai, a member of the Hong Kong team who won their first-ever medal (bronze) in team jumping, finished in 14th place after incurring a disappointing 19 penalty points in the first round, while teammate Kenneth Cheng Man-kit finished 12th. Cheng had nine points in the morning round and a total of 17 after the second round. Patrick Lam, the third member who reached the individual jumping final, withdrew because his horse, JC Tilburg, suffered a tendon inflammation. 'I was a bit nervous in the morning because I came from the bronze medal team and hoped to perform in a perfect way,' Lai said. 'I had a good warm-up but I pushed the horse too hard.' Hong Kong won their first bronze medal at the Asian Games on Monday after losing to United Arab Emirates after a jump out. Lai, 19, attributed the success to the tough training in Europe over the past year. 'I have become more ambitious and more motivated,' said Lai, who is now a full-time rider. 'It has been a great learning experience and I plan to take part in more big events in Europe, but first of all I need more financial support so I can find two or three horses, instead of just relying on one horse.' The Hong Kong team now face the daunting task of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. 'The qualifiers will be much more difficult as we have to compete against some of the best riders in the world,' said Cheng, Hong Kong's best finisher in the team event. 'We don't have a big team, making it more difficult in the qualifying process.'