Press Release

July 28, 2012

WONG KAM-PO BRINGS CURTAIN DOWN ON ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER

WONG KAM-PO BRINGS CURTAIN DOWN ON ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER
WONG KAM-PO BRINGS CURTAIN DOWN ON ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER
WONG KAM-PO BRINGS CURTAIN DOWN ON ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER
WONG KAM-PO BRINGS CURTAIN DOWN ON ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER

LONDON, July 28: Hong Kong’s King of the Road Wong Kam-po brought the curtain down on an illustrious career in memorable fashion when he finished a creditable 37th and ahead of Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins in the Men’s Road Race on the first full day of competition after the opening ceremony.

Taking part in his fifth Olympics – a Hong Kong record – the 39-year-old Wong proved he can still mix it up with the world’s best when he finished in the peloton 40 seconds behind surprise winner Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan who crushed the hopes of home team favourite Mark Cavendish in the grueling 250 kilometre race.

“I’m happy with this result because I stayed with the peloton all the way,” said Wong after the nearly six-hour ride through beautiful Surrey countryside had ended.

“This is my fifth Olympics an after all these years I think it is time to retire and give the younger guys a chance,” added Wong, a three-time Asian Games gold medalist in the road race.

His last appearance at the Olympics will be memorable for Wong as he finished ahead of Wiggins who retired near the end after the British team failed to help Cavendish win the gold medal.

Wong called upon the Hong Kong Cycling Association to make road racing more competitive saying the lack of success at the Olympics was partly own to riders rarely having the opportunity to ride the longer Olympic distance regularly.

“The Olympic distance is a challenge to most Asian riders. Guys like Vinokourov are a success because they ride professionally in Europe,” Wong said. “Hong Kong needs a long-term plan if we are to one day compete successfully at big events like the Olympics.”

Wong said after ending his cycling career, he would like to give back something to Hong Kong.

“I would like to be a coach so that I can share all the experience I have gained over the years,” he added.