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Asian Games cycling champion Sarah Lee named HK athlete of the year for fifth time

Date : 27 Mar 2019

Hong Kong, China, March 26, 2019: One of Hong Kong’s most popular and successful athletes, track cyclist Sarah Lee Wai Sze, was named Sports Star of the Year at the Cathay Pacific 2018 Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on Tuesday evening.

Lee, 31, enjoyed another memorable year, which included two gold medals at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang – in women’s keirin and sprint. She now has five gold medals from three appearances in the Asian Games going back to Guangzhou 2010.

The London 2012 Olympics keirin bronze medallist is also a three-time world champion and is among the best sprinters in the world in the velodrome.

It was the fifth time for Lee to win the so-called “Best of the Best” award chosen from a shortlist of eight athletes nominated by their sports federation.

The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China received a total of 140 nominations from 50 sports sssociations and organisations for this year’s awards.

Federation President Timothy Fok said: “All nominees showed the spirit to strive for excellence during competitions and aimed for breaking through their previous achievements. We are very proud of them.”

Among the awards and celebrations there was a tragic note to the evening as the Federation was deeply saddened by the recent sudden passing of swimmer Kenneth To after a training session in the United States.

In view of Kenneth’s dedication and outstanding performance, Mr. Fok presented the “2019 SF&OC President’s Commendation for Distinguished Achievements” award to Kenneth To. The Award was received by representative of the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association.

The Hon. Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was the chief VIP guest.

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