Having took home two golds and one bronze at the opening two stages of the World Cup series last year in France and Canada, Hong Kong lead rider Sarah Lee Wai Sze skipped the next two stages due to academic reasons. She returned to the oval track in New Zealand earlier this week, partnering Jessica Lee Hoi Yan in the Women’s Team Sprint on the opening day, where the duo ranked 12th among the participants.
Sarah competed in the Women’s Sprint on the second day, she recorded 10.647 seconds in qualifying race (200m time trial) and advanced directly to the Round of 24 as overall first place. Lee defeated an Italian rider, and a pair of New Zealand riders en route to the final, where she easily dispatched 22-year-old Ukrainian rising star Olena Starikova with back-to-back wins to take home her third gold of the season.
Lee Wai Sze contested in the Women’s Keirin on the final day. Sarah paced herself throughout the race, before making a break from the outside lane to defeat Great Britain’s Katy Marchant in the final lap to win her first Keirin gold in five years, this is also her first time to win two golds in a single World Cup.
Following her triumphant display in New Zealand, Lee Wai Sze says she looks forward to achieve better results at the season finale in Hong Kong, and she urges Hong Kong fans to show their support at the Hong Kong Velodrome. Hong Kong Track Cycling World Cup will be held from January 25-27.
In other results, Pang Yao ranked 17th in Women’s Omnium, she also partnered Leung Bo Yee in Women’s Madison as the duo ranked 10th place overall. As for the Men’s Team, Ko Siu Wai and Leung Ka Yu ranked 13th in Madison, the latter one also ranked 16th overall in Omnium.