Asian Games: Hong Kong’s Vera Lui Lai-yiu claims bronze after a personal best run in 100m hurdles final
Hurdler runs a lifetime best in the final to scoop unlikely third place
Hong Kong hurdler Vera Lui Lai-yiu ran a personal best time of 13.42 seconds on Sunday night to claim the bronze medal in the 100-metre hurdles final at the Asian Games in Indonesia.
An incredible run by the 23-year-old in a very close final saw her score the biggest prize of her career. She finished just .09 seconds behind Indonesia’s Emilia Nova, who also ran a personal best time in the final, and .22 seconds behind South Korea’s former Asian champion Jung Hye-lim.
Hong Kong Amateur Athletics Association vice chairman Simon Yeung Sai-mo, who was present in Jakarta to see Lui claim a medal, said: “We expected Lui to achieve some good results as she has been very fit during recent practice sessions and a medal is a big recognition for her hard work and effort.
“She has been troubled by off-track issues over the last 10 months, but she is very professional and was able to still focus on her sport.
“Now we have won the first medal and other members of the Hong Kong track and field team will not be under pressure. Hopefully, we can get some more good results,” he added.