Hong Kong won its third medal at the Paralympic Games when wheelchair fencer Chan Yui-chong claimed a bronze medal in the women’s individual epee in Rio on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old was narrowly defeated 14-15 by Zhou Jingjing of China in the semi-finals but overcame Simone Briese-Baetke of Germany in the bronze medal match.
It was Chan’s second consecutive bronze medal in the same event after finishing third at the London Paralympics four years ago.
Chan won gold in the individual epee at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, but did not expect to have such success here in Rio.
“I am very happy as I never thought I would reach the semi-finals,” said Chan. “Making it to the final four was already a good beginning, so I am really lucky to have won a bronze.
“I am a bit tired but still have the individual foil and that will be followed by the two team events.”
Her husband, Tam Chik-sum, however, fell short of the quarter-finals in the men’s individual epee after finishing fifth in the group stage, along with women’s counterpart
Competing in the individual epee, Yu, the defending champion and a multi-Paralympic gold medallist, also had a tough run. She came fifth in the group stage and did not advance to the knockout stage.
Yu, 32, is the winner of the most Paralympic gold medals for Hong Kong with seven since her debut in Athens, Greece, in 2004. She will also start in the individual foil, in which she is the three-time defending champion and join Chan and Justine Charissa Ng in both the foil and epee team events, which have only one combined singles category.
In the women’s 200 metres (T36) final, Yam Kwok-fan finished eighth, which is the same result she achieved in the 100 metres.
In boccia, both Leung Yuk-wing and Lau Wai-yan got off to winning starts in the mixed individual (BC4) after thrashing their Greek and Portuguese opponents 13-2 and 9-2, respectively, in the group stage. Boccia action will continue throughout the week.
Hong Kong has also won a gold in swimming and a bronze in table tennis.