Hong Kong’s Sarah Lee suffers first loss in Japan keirin series after 10 races

Olympic bronze medallist fades away in the final race and now heads to Europe for the World Cup series

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 November, 2016, 10:56pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 November, 2016, 10:56pm

Hong Kong’s Olympic cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze suffered her first defeat in Japan in 10 races in Tokyo yesterday.

The 2012 London bronze medallist in the keirin, still recovering from grief after the sudden death of her coach Pu Linjun, easily won the two preliminary races, with Rio Olympic sprint champion Kristina Vogel of Germany and bronze medallist Katy Merchant of Great Britain also competing.

But in the four-lap, 1,600-metre final, Lee lacked the stamina to challenge the field and faded away in the closing stages.

Lee has now completed a month-long training and competition stint in Japan and will join the rest of the Hong Kong team who are currently in Europe for two rounds of the World Cup series.