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Published: 21:35, September 27, 2023 | Updated: 21:43, September 27, 2023
4th day of Asiad: HK wins 6 medals, with historic epee silver
By William Xu in Hong Kong
Published:21:35, September 27, 2023 Updated:21:43, September 27, 2023 By William Xu in Hong Kong

Members of the Hong Kong, China women's épée team pose during an awarding ceremony after securing a silver medal at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, Sept 27, 2023. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

The Hong Kong team on Wednesday won three silvers and three bronzes at the ongoing 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, with three medals coming from sailing, a long-standing strength of the city.

Hong Kong was in fifth place in the overall medal count with 27 — five golds, eight silvers and 14 bronzes.

Fencing is one of the city’s traditional strengths in sports, with countless honors and championships have been won by the city’s outstanding fencers in the past

On Wednesday evening, Hong Kong’s female epee team, led by medalist Vivian Kong Man-wai, entered the finals of team epee for the first time and took home silver after being defeated by the South Korean fencers.

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Earlier, Hong Kong female cyclists earned a bronze medal in the women’s team pursuit, which is also the first medal that the Hong Kong cycling team has won at the Asian Games.

A series of victory news also came from the sailing venues, where Hong Kong players bagged a silver and a bronze in iQFoil — a new windsurfing class that will also be an official discipline in the 2024 Paris Olympics — and a silver in the ILCA6 sailing dinghy races.

Because of the lack of wind, the last day’s men and women iQFoil contests were canceled on Wednesday. Medals were awarded based on players’ accumulative results of the first 18 races.

A silver medal for iQFoil came to the pocket of Hong Kong female player Ma Kwan-ching, along with a qualification ticket to the Paris Olympics. The city’s Cheng Ching-yin also nabbed a bronze medal in the men’s iQFoil competition.

The ILCA6 competition also was canceled on Wednesday, leaving the players to be ranked by their results accumulated in the previous 11 races. Hong Kong female player Stephanie Louise Norton bagged a silver medal.

Hong Kong’s veteran fencers won the city more honor on Wednesday. The men’s foil team, made up with top players including Edgar Cheung Ka-long — the one-time Olympian Champion and who just pocketed a gold individual foil medal in Hangzhou on Sunday — silenced Singaporean players in a quarterfinal on Wednesday morning and got the ticket to the semifinals. Hong Kong lost to the South Korean team with a 37-45 score to win a bronze medal.

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Fencing is one of the city’s traditional strengths in sports, with countless honors and championships have been won by the city’s outstanding fencers in the past. So far, the Hong Kong fencing team has pocketed one gold, one silver and five bronze medals in Hangzhou.

Members of the Hong Kong, China women's épée team greet fellow athletes from the Republic of Korea at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, Sept 27, 2023. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

Members of the Hong Kong, China women's épée team celebrate after winning winning the semi-final match against Japan at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, Sept 27, 2023. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

More Hong Kong athletes are on their ways for greater honors. Female swimmers Stephanie Au Hoi-shun and Natalie Kan Cheuk-tung ranked fourth and sixth in the finals of 100-meter backstroke and butterfly disciplines respectively.

In the Wushu discipline, Lydia Sham Hui-yu ranked sixth in the women’s Jianshu and Qiangshu All-Round.

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