Fencers capture medal despite missing star
The Hong Kong men's foil fencing team won a bronze medal against Jiangsu province at the National Games in Shaanxi yesterday even without leading player and gold Olympic medalist Edgar Cheung Ka-long, who is suffering with a knee injury.
The fifth-seeded Hong Kong team won 45-36 in the bronze medal match against Jiangsu after being knocked out by first-seeded Fujian at 29-45 in the semifinals.
That took the SAR's medal tally to one gold and four bronze in the games.
The team, consisting of Ryan Choi Chun-yin, Yeung Chi-ka and Shawn Cheung Siu-lun, went into the quarterfinals as they had earned a high seeding thanks to the trio's performance in individual events on Sunday.
The three were off to a solid start in the bronze medal match and soon racked up a score that gave them a 10-point cushion over their rivals.
And even though Jiangsu fought back gamely, the Hong Kong team managed to maintain the lead all the way through to the end, taking home the second bronze medal for Hong Kong in this event, having secured one in the previous games.
The team had earlier seen off the Shanghai team in the quarterfinals, leading 15-8 soon after the start and ending the match with a score of 45-29.
But then the team went up against the Fujian team in the semifinals and came out second best.
Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui Ying-wai was quick to congratulate the team for the bronze showing.
"People of Hong Kong take pride in them," he said.
But the women's foil team missed out on a second medal for Hong Kong, losing 36-45 to Shaanxi in the bronze medal match.
All five Hong Kong athletes in running events also failed to advance, while the women's beach volleyball team finished fourth in the group after losing to Hainan.
Meanwhile, sports climber Shoji Chan Cheung-chi is aiming for a medal as he competes in the combined bouldering and lead climbing today.
The 21-year-old went into the top eight with the final spot after placing seventh and 10th in bouldering and lead climbing respectively on Sunday.
Thousands of kilometers away, meanwhile, Olympic double silver medalist swimmer Siobhan Haughey won a gold and a silver medal at the International Swimming League in Naples, Italy.
Haughey first claimed a silver in the 100-meter freestyle, trailing Australia's Emma McKeon but staying ahead of her Energy Standard teammate Sarah Sjostrom.
She later dominated the 200m freestyle in which she won Olympic silver last month, finishing 2.5 seconds ahead of American Paige Madden in second place to claim maximum points for her team.