Asian Games 2018: Hong Kong nabs five medals on the first day in Indonesia

By Ben Young
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One silver medal and four bronze marked a strong opening for Hong Kong at the Asian Games, hosted this year in Indonesia.

Juanita Mok secured a silver medal in the women’s Taijiquan, a style of wushu, losing the gold to Indonesian Lindswell Kwok. The 23-year-old Mok, who got a bronze medal at last year’s World University Games, finished with a final score of 9.71, just a hair shy of Kwok’s 9.75.

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“I just performed to my own standard and was consistent,” Mok said. “I feel I am more mature than last year when I won bronze at the University Games.”

Meanwhile, the women’s 100m relay team was able to score a medal despite the absence of superstar Siobhan Haughey, who was forced to miss the Games due to an injury. Camille Cheng Lily Mei, Stephanie Au Hoi-Shun, Tam Hoi-lam, and Sze Hang-yu were able to outswim everyone apart from powerhouses Japan and China.

Yuen Ka-ying (left) and Juanita Mok (right).

“I can’t believe we won a medal – we did it even though it was tense for everybody,” Au said. “Siobhan wasn’t here and we were under a bit of pressure, but even in these difficult times, we still managed to keep it together and didn’t let people down.”

Meanwhile, Yuen Ka-ying took bronze in the women’s wushu Nanquan and Nandao combined event. The 29-year-old’s 9.68 Nandao routine and score of 9.59 in the Nanquan event were enough to secure third place behind China’s Tang Lu, and Uzbekistan’s Darya Latisheva.

Hong Kong also scored two bronze medals in fencing on Tuesday, as 26-year-old Ho Tin Low came third in the men’s individual sabre, while 29-year-old Yan Wai Liu got bronze in the women’s individual foil.

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