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Saturday, Oct 08, 2022

Swim queen gets third games gold

Three more medals - two gold and a bronze - went to Hong Kong athletes in the 11th National Games for Persons With Disabilities and the eighth National Special Olympic Games in Shaanxi.
Swimmer Cheong Sui-kei won her third gold medal with a new personal best time.

At the Xi'an Olympic Sports Center, Cheong touched home in 4:59.15 in the women's 400-meter freestyle S14 event, winning her fourth medal in this year's Games.

Cheong earlier triumphed in the women's 100m freestyle S14 at 1:05.70 as well as in the women's 200-meter freestyle S14 final on Saturday after setting a new national record of 2:22.75.

She also got a silver medal in the women's 100m backstroke S14 final with 1:20.80 on Sunday.

Diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability at age five, Cheong began swimming at the age of 10 and trains for 21 hours each week.

Her teammate, visually impaired swimmer Lip Kin-kwan, also won a bronze medal in the men's 100m breaststroke SB13 event with 1:16.72, just 0.06 seconds behind the first runner-up.

He also finished sixth in the men's 100m butterfly S13 with 1:12.24 in this year's games.

Lip, who is competing in his fourth National Games for Persons with Disabilities, is also the flagbearer and led the Hong Kong delegation in the opening ceremony.

Good news also came from a table tennis pair in the men's double round robin tournament TT7 event, as Lee Ming-yip and Tong Chi-ming brought home a gold medal without losing a match.

The duo won all five matches when facing teams from Sichuan, Hubei, Hainan and Inner Mongolia, as well as their teammates Tong Chi-yong and Chan Silu.

Tong Chi-yong and Chan finished fifth in the event after winning one and losing the other four matches.

After scoring their perfect win, Lee and Tong Chi-ming both expressed gratitude for the support of their coaches and families.

The pair, along with Tong Chi-yung, won a bronze medal in the men's table tennis team TT7 event on Monday.

In the men's doubles TT9 event, Lam Ka-wai and Wong Chi-yin finished in fifth place after winning one and losing four matches.

So far, the Hong Kong team has won eight gold, a silver and five bronze medals from swimming, athletics and table tennis events.

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