Cyclist Sarah Lee wins gold in national games

Hong Kong’s top cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze has won Hong Kong’s first gold medal in the cycling sprint event of the National Games after defeating all her opponents in a clean sweep.

In the same event that won her a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics last month, the 34-year-old Lee was in top form and beat rival Zhong Tianshi 2-0 in the finals to snatch gold.

It was a tight first race between the two, who were both unbeaten before entering the finals, but Lee’s explosiveness towards the end of the race was too much for Shanghai’s Zhong to handle and lost by half a wheel length.

Lee then showed complete dominance in the second race and used her staggering acceleration to beat the 30-year-old Zhong, who won gold in the team sprint event of the Tokyo Olympics, to win her second gold in the National Games of her career.

“I hope I can snatch gold again [in the keirin event],” a confident Lee said in a post-match interview, referring to her other main event — the women’s keirin — that will start qualifiers tomorrow.

She was also satisfied with her own performance: “I was already satisfied after taking third place in the qualifiers as I was undergoing quarantine before the races and only had four training sessions before the event.”

“As my opponents in the National Games are younger, my tactics came together more easily, and with sufficient time between races, I can get myself well-prepared and I am most satisfied with my performance on the final day [of the three-day event],” she added.

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