Date
18 October 2017
Tang Wai-lok (center) is flanked by Britain's Thomas Hamer (left) and Australia's Daniel Fox after winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter freestyle on Monday. Photo: Facebook/HK Paralympic Committee
Tang Wai-lok (center) is flanked by Britain's Thomas Hamer (left) and Australia's Daniel Fox after winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter freestyle on Monday. Photo: Facebook/HK Paralympic Committee

Swimmer Tang Wai-lok wins HK’s first gold at Rio Paralympics

Hong Kong won its first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics 2016 after 19-year-old swimmer Tang Wai-lok beat other finalists in the men’s 200-meter freestyle.

His personal best time of one minute and 56.32 seconds smashed the Paralympics record, Metro Daily reports.

Tang joined the Hong Kong swimming team at the London Paralympics in 2012 but left empty-handed.

This time around, he won against his British and Australian rivals in the final of the S14 class.

According to Headline Daily, Tang was diagnosed with mild mental retardation at the age of six and studied in a special needs school after struggling on a mainstream campus.

His talent for swimming was discovered by coaches and he has since been churning out great performances in the pool, including winning the gold medal in the men’s 200-meter freestyle and a silver medal in the men’s 100-meter backstroke at the 2014 Asian Paralympics in Incheon.

He is scheduled to compete in the men’s 200-meter medley on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong team has clinched a bronze medal in the women’s table tennis TT11 final.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying sent his congratulations to the Hong Kong Paralympics team on Monday.

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