The Hong Kong Olympians won two bronze medals in the Tokyo Olympics Thursday, making history, as they hope their success can inspire the city’s teens to become full-time athletes.
With the addition of these two bronzes, the Hong Kong athletes this year won a total of five Olympic medals: one gold in fencing, two silver in swimming, one bronze in table tennis and another in karate kata.
Three paddlers from Hong Kong, Minnie Soo Wai-yam, 23, Lee Ho-ching, 28, and Doo Hoi-kem, 24, made their way to the medal podium on Thursday afternoon and won the bronze of the German elite players.
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“I was shocked at the result,” Soo said. “I’ve played them before and lost miserably.”
“I hope that our bronze medal can serve as an encouragement for the teenagers in Hong Kong, that if we win a medal, they have a chance to win one too.”
Before the squad faced off against the German players, many expected the German squad to win, after Hong Kong’s devastating 0-3 loss to mainland paddlers earlier in the week.
(From L) Lee Ho-ching, Doo Hoi-kem and Minnie Soo Wai-yam from Hong Kong celebrate after Hong Kong wins the team table tennis match for the bronze medal. Photo: AFP
A team match consists of five matches: one in doubles and four in singles.
But the Hong Kong team learned from their loss and put on a stunning performance.
Lee and Doo lost the first doubles match 1: 3. But Soo won the second game against Germany’s Ying Han 1: 3.
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The German team received a heavy blow when Doo won the next match 3-0. Then Soo had his best game and won the next game 3-0, securing the team’s place on the medal podium.
After the win, Lee said, “Becoming a full-time athlete is a huge decision to make. I hope our results today can give parents the confidence to let their children grow into professional athletes.
In the evening, Grace Lau Mo-sheung of Hong Kong, 29, won bronze in the women’s individual karate kata competition with a score of 26.94. The gold went to Spain’s Sandra Sanchez, while the silver went to Kiyou Shimizu of Japan. They obtained 28.06 and 27.88 respectively.