Date
23 September 2018
The Hong Kong swimming team was promoted to silver after an official decision to disqualify the Chinese and South Korean teams in the women’s 4x100m medley relay final on Thursday night. Photo: Xinhua
The Hong Kong swimming team was promoted to silver after an official decision to disqualify the Chinese and South Korean teams in the women’s 4x100m medley relay final on Thursday night. Photo: Xinhua

HK swimming team promoted to silver after disqualification call

Call it luck if you want, but four Hong Kong female swimmers were mightily proud and happy after winning a silver medal in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.

Stephanie Au Hoi-shun, Jamie Yeung Zhen-mei, Chan Kin-lok and Camille Cheng Lily Mei together clocked a time of 4:03.15 in the women’s 4x100m medley relay final at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Centre on Thursday night.

While the performance originally ranked fourth after the teams from Japan, China and South Korea in that order, they were later promoted to silver following an official decision to disqualify the Chinese and South Korean teams, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The judges, in a dramatic reversal of their decision, said there were members of the two disqualified teams who jumped too early at change-overs.

As a result, the Hong Kong team was moved to the second place in the final standings, although it completed the race more than eight seconds after the Japanese team. The Singaporean team moved to the third spot.

Au said joyfully that claiming silver had never crossed her mind but it truly happened, admitting the great result had something to do with luck.

Overall, the Hong Kong delegation secured a gold, a silver, and a bronze on Thursday. It has as of Friday afternoon won a total of 18 medals since the competition began on Saturday.

On the same day, Jacqueline Siu Wing-ying finished first in the equestrian dressage individual, giving Hong Kong its first gold medal in the 2018 sporting event, as well as its first-ever equestrian gold in the Games.

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