Silver lining

Sports | Staff reporter and Ng Ka-ki 17 May 2021

Sarah Lee Wai-sze was denied a golden double at the inaugural UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup when Japan's Yuka Kobayashi exacted revenge on the home favorite in the final of the women's keirin yesterday at the Hong Kong Velodrome.

Two days after the 34-year old Lee beat her for the gold medal in the sprint, Kobayashi, 27, turned the tables on the Hong Kong Olympian in keirin.

But Lee did not seem to mind finishing second.

For Lee, it's better to lose now than at the Tokyo Games in July, when she will be making a third Olympic appearance.

Her hope is to add to the Olympic bronze medal she won at the London Games in 2012, and the experience of competing at the Nations Cup, Lee said, can only make her better by the time Tokyo rolls around.

Lee was leading in the race until the final 200 meters when Kobayashi edged past her.

The Nations Cup was Lee's first international tournament in over a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the final warmup for the Olympics, the bubble arrangement and coronavirus measures provided her an idea of what to expect in Tokyo, she added. For sure, there will be benefits after the simulation, Lee said.

Another Hong Kong rider, Jessica Lee Hoi-yan, finished 10th in keirin after taking part in the race for final placings, from seventh to 12th.

Japan swept the four gold medals up for grabs yesterday to finish at the top of the medals table with seven gold, four silver and four bronze.

Apart from Lee, no other Hong Kong rider won a medal.

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