Yu nabs Hong Kong's second gold

Veteran wheelchair fencer holds her nerve to down mainlander and claim sixth victory

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 September, 2012, 1:58am

Hong Kong's Yu Chui-yee collected her sixth Paralympic gold medal with an emphatic win over mainlander Wu Baili in the women's individual foil (category A) final in London.

The golden girl was at one stage losing 12-9, but held her nerve and rallied back to win the final 15-13, contributing the second gold medal for the Hong Kong delegation. Hong Kong won their first gold in the women's table tennis class II singles through Wong Ka-man on Sunday.

"Yu's victory came as a timely booster for the entire camp as it has been two days since we won the first gold," said chef de mission Silas Chiang Tak-cheung. "It's a marvellous performance in the final as Yu proved her dominance in the event."

Yu, 28, first took the gold medal in the event at the 2004 Games in Athens and won again at the Beijing Games four years later.

She now shares the most number of Paralympic gold for Hong Kong with runner So Wa-wai, who will start in the men's 200 metres today.

So suffered a disappointing start in London, managing just a fourth place in the 100m final.

"The 100 metres winner, a Russian, is in a class of his own and broke the world record early this year," said Hong Kong coach Au Yeung Ka-kui. "But the 200 metres will be a different story as this is So's favourite event and we hope he can successfully defend the title he won at the Beijing Games."