2020 Summer Olympics

Chan Ming-tai wins bronze for Hong Kong at Asian Indoor Games, but long jumper still struggling to match his best

Rio Olympian still far off his Hong Kong record mark

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 September, 2017, 11:52am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2018, 7:31pm

Long jumper Chan Ming-tai clinched a bronze medal for Hong Kong at the Asian Indoor Games but the 2016 Rio Olympian is still struggling to regain his best form.

The 22-year-old recovered from two recent disappointing performances at the World University Games and the China National Games when he made 7.44 metres at his third attempt in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Tuesday night.

It was a mere four centimetres behind winner Nguyen Tien Trong of Vietnam, but nowhere near his 8.12 metre Hong Kong record that earned him a ticket to the Olympic Games last summer.

Chan jumped 8.09 metres to win a silver medal at the Asian Championships in India in July, but returned empty-handed from the next two major meets, where his best result was also 7.44 metres at the University Games for 11th place.

Another Hong Kong long jumper in Ashgabat, Lau Kin-hei, managed 7.32 metres to finish fifth.

In the women’s 60 metres, Lam On-ki tied with Feng Lulu of China for sixth place with a time of 7.54 seconds in the final. Ng Ka-fung didn’t reach the final after finishing third in his semis.

Hong Kong is almost certain to add more silverware when the women’s sprint resumes on the cycling track on Wednesday night.

Both Sarah Lee Wai-sze and Vivian Ma Wing-yu have reached the semi-finals and will be hoping to set up an all-Hong Kong final.

With her major regional rivals from China and South Korea absent, Lee should have little trouble in winning another medal for Hong Kong, though it will be a stern test for up-and-coming Ma.

It is the first time track cycling has been included at the Games.