Sarah Lee Wai-sze

Hong Kong’s Sarah Lee claims silver and bronze at Track Cycling World Cup

The 29-year-old finishes second in the 500 metre time trial and third in the keirin event in the Netherlands on Saturday

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 November, 2016, 2:15pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 November, 2016, 11:28pm

Hong Kong’s Sarah Lee Wai-sze made a strong return to competition on Saturday after clinching a time trial silver and a keirin bronze medal on the second day of the Track Cycling World Cup series in the Netherlands.

After missing the opening leg of the season in Scotland last week as she was training and competing in Japan, Lee proved she is still a force to be reckoned with in her first top class event after a disappointing summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In the 500 metre time trial, which was the event that brought Lee into the public eye at the 2010 Asian Games, the 29-year-old clocked 34.094 seconds to finish behind Germany’s Pauline Grabosch.

The German sprinter completed the two lap race in 33.974 seconds, with Spain’s Tania Calvo clocking 34.245 seconds to claim third.

Lee was fifth after the first 250 metre lap, but produced the quickest final circuit although it was not enough to catch Grabosch.

Earlier in the keirin, Lee was forced to settle for third place in the six lap final behind Ukraine’s Liubov Basova and Nicky Degrendele of Belgium.

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Great Britain’s Katy Merchant, who beat Lee in her last race in Japan, finished fourth.

Lee has one more chance of a medal in the Netherlands in Sunday’s sprint final.

In the men’s competition, Hong Kong’s Leung Chun-wing will take part in the updated omnium which now features just four events.

There was no men’s omnium last week on Glasgow for Leung, who finished 11th in the event at the Olympics in Rio.