Asian Games: gold medallist Leo Au leads Hong Kong to fourth straight squash team victory
Their 3-0 victory over Pakistan gives them a perfect record in their group with one tie left against Nepal before the knockout rounds
Hong Kong’s men’s and women’s squash teams continued to dominate their opponents in pool matches as they attempt to win more gold at the Asian Games while the sailing squad ensured three silver medals on Wednesday.
Men’s singles gold medallist Leo Au Chun-ming, runner-up Max Lee Ho-yin and Yip Tsz-fung won their squash matches against Pakistan, with only Lee showing any sign of struggling after dropping the first set.
Pakistan rested their top player Tayyab Aslam for the tie as Hong Kong swept to their fourth win in pool A with their last match against Nepal on Thursday.
“I’m just wondering if Pakistan rested their No 2 player because they thought they will not beat Hong Kong so are saving him for the match against Korea tomorrow,” said Hong Kong coach Faheem Khan.
“But that’s just my speculation. As for us, the boys did well and everything went smooth, we play Nepal next. It was a decent match [against Pakistan], not easy and not 100 per cent. Max dropped the first set and the fourth went to a tiebreak so we had to work hard.”
The Hong Kong women rested Annie Au Wing-chi as Lee Ka-yi, Chan Ho-ling and Ho Tze-lok cruised to victory over Thailand 3-0 in pool B. Hong Kong are top of the group after four games with one tie left against a strong India team.
At the Indonesia National Sailing Centre, Michael Chun-leung and Hayley Chan are out of the men’s and women’s gold medal reckoning with one race remaining but will take silver in the windsurfing RS:X class.
Also taking silver are the mixed RS One team of Rafeek Kikabhoy and Ma Kwan-ching, who will finish second to China’s Chen Hao and Tan Yue.
Cheng won three of 14 races so far and is on 33 points, 11 behind China’s Bi Kun (22) points, who won 10 races to guarantee the gold with one race left.
Hayley Chan cannot catch China’s Chen Peina in the women’s event after she had four first places and eight seconds in 14 races. Chen won nine races, eight of which saw Chan finish second. All but two of the 14 races were Chen and Chan one-twos.
Hong Kong will receive a bronze in table tennis after Ho Kwan-kit and Lee Ho-ching reached the semi-finals of the mixed doubles event. There they lost to China’s Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu 4-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3.
In cycling, Hong Kong’s Ko Siu-wai missed out on the bronze in the men’s 4,000m individual pursuit when he was beaten by Kazakhstan’s Artyom Zakharov in the third-place race. The Kazakh overtook Ko after the 3,000m mark.
Women’s keirin champion Sarah Lee Wai-sze will begin her quest for her second gold of the Games when she takes part in the individual sprint on Thursday. The semi-finals and final are Friday.