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Sarah Lee Wai-sze

Sarah Lee proves she’s not finished yet as she fires a warning to her rivals at the Asian Championships

Lee records her second best time to date in Nilai in the time trial before defeating the Rio Olympic champion on her way to victory in the sprint

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 February, 2018, 11:34am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 February, 2018, 10:34pm

Sarah Lee Wai-sze sounded a serious warning to her rivals as she continued on the comeback trail as she lifted her seventh women’s 500-metre time trial title at the Asian Championships in Malaysia on Saturday.

On Sunday night, Lee, meanwhile, secured her second gold medal at the championships after defeating rival Zhong Tianshi, of China, in the women’s sprint final. The Hong Kong star also won the same event last year, defeating South Korea’s Kim Won-gyeong.

Lee won the best-of-three sprint final 3-0 over Zhong, the team sprint gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Lee also recorded her second best time to date when she finished the two-lap time trial in an impressive 33.395 seconds at the National Velodrome in Nilai.

She won the world title in 2013 in Minsk with a time of 33.973 while her best performance of 33.296 was recorded in a World Cup series meeting at altitude in Mexico in 2013.

The time trial has been Lee’s favourite event, claiming her first major international success at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and the regional championship title the following year. Over the years, Lee has lost the event only once at the 2016 Asian Championships when she was beaten by Zhong Tianshi of China.

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After a disappointing Rio Olympic Games, Lee, now 30, announced only last month that she would continue her career with the forthcoming Asian Games in Indonesia and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics her major targets.

Lee still has the sprint and keirin – both of which are on the Olympic programme – in Malaysia. Time trial has not been included at the Olympic Games since the 2004 Athens Games.