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Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 21:02

HK's Olympic trio hailed by adoring fans

HK's Olympic trio hailed by adoring fans
Lee Wai-sze (left),  Hong Kong racing cyclist, fencer Cheung Ka-long (middle), and badminton player Ng Ka-long (right), play games and share their experience with fans at the Rio Olympics 2016 during an event at Olympian City on Aug 31, 2016. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong residents extended a warm welcome to three local Olympic stars back from Rio de Janeiro and cheered for them on Wednesday.

Hong Kong professional racing cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze, who won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games, badminton player Angus Ng Ka-long and fencer Cheung Ka-long attracted crowds of fans including many youngsters in Olympian City, a shopping center in Tai Kok Tsui. This is the first public event for the three after the Rio Olympics.

The public has shown more concern for Lee’s injury than for medals and ranks, as Hong Kong’s best medal hope crashed during a sprint, dashing her chances in the competition in Rio. Lee said the bruises on her legs and shoulders have basically recovered and she has been back in training.

Lee encouraged the young fans at the site to enjoy the process when facing difficulties or competitions, adding that she also learned a lot from other excellent athletes at the Rio Olympic Games.

As for Ng, 22, and Cheung, 19, this summer has been unforgettable because it was their first time participating in the Olympics. Cheung said he gained precious experience in the competitions and hopes to win a medal for Hong Kong in four years.

Some parents took their children to see and encourage these local athletic heroes. “Lee is the pride of Hong Kong and we hope our kids can learn from her,” one father of two daughters surnamed Lam said.

Many fans and citizens wrote their best wishes and encouragement to the athletes on cards or pieces of paper. A five-year-old girl gave three hand-made cards to the athletes. She said Lee is her favorite athlete, a “real cycling superwoman”.

Lee was deeply moved by the fans and their hand-made gifts. “They look simple but it means a lot for them, especially the kids, to make it, draw it and write their wishes on it,” Lee said, adding that it is encouraging for her.

Cheung is preparing for a national competition in September and Ng is training for the coming BWF World Superseries.

Kathy Zhang contributed to the reporting.

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