Tokyo 2020 Olympics: who are Hong Kong’s previous medallists and where are they now?

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: who are Hong Kong's previous medallists and where are they now?

At no other time has Hong Kong entered an Olympic Games with so numerous potential decoration champs. The city has won three awards in its set of experiences, with the 2020 Tokyo Games offering competitors an opportunity to coordinate or even outperform the current decoration record spreading over 69 years.

Four female competitors – cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze, fencer Vivian Kong Man-wai, swimmer Siobhan Haughey and karate example Grace Lau Mo-sheung – are among Hong Kong’s greatest Tokyo award trusts.

Yet, it was not generally so idealistic; trusts were frequently controlled for Hong Kong’s attacks. That all changed in 1996 when windsurfer Lee Lai-shan, who had effectively won a big showdown, went to the Atlanta Games with high expectations. She appropriately won a gold decoration, Hong Kong’s first of any tone, to set up herself as a neighborhood legend. From that point forward, table tennis men’s twofold pair Ko Lai-chak and Li Ching won silver at the 2004 Athens Games, while Sarah Lee took bronze in the ladies’ keirin at London 2012.

Here is a glance at their earth shattering accomplishments – who are they, what did they achieve, and where are they now?

Had Lee Lai-shan paid attention to her adversaries, she would have quit any pretense of windsurfing from the get-go in her profession. A long time before “San” turned into a-list mariner, Hong Kong competitors were prevalently ignored. At one worldwide contest, an opponent European mentor supposedly disclosed to Lee’s previous mentor Rene Appel to quit taking his competitors to huge occasions since they were essentially not adequate. Appel had consistently would not name names. “He later apologized,” Appel said after Lee ruled the windsurfing at the 1996 Atlanta Games to carve her name as Hong Kong’s first thus (far) just Olympic gold medallist.

Brought into the world on the remote island of Cheung Chau, Lee was acquainted with the game when she was 12 by her uncle, Lai Gun, who works a windsurfing focus and beachside bistro on the island and who she credits for her Olympic achievement. She later joined the Hong Kong group in 1989, where she met her significant other and individual Olympian, Sam Wong Tak-whole.

At 25 years old, Lee partook in her second Olympics in Atlanta, with the cruising occasions held in Savannah on the Georgia coast. Before that, Lee was an ordinary on the worldwide scene and had effectively won various honors, including the world title and a silver award at the Asian Games in 1990.

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