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Cyclist Sarah Lee digs deep to advance in keirin

2021-08-04 HKT 17:01
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  • Sarah Lee needed a strong performance in the repechage race to make it to the quarterfinals. File photo: RTHK
    Sarah Lee needed a strong performance in the repechage race to make it to the quarterfinals. File photo: RTHK
Star Hong Kong cyclist Sarah Lee is through to the quarterfinals of the keirin event at the Tokyo Olympics.

But there were some anxious moments for the SAR's medal hopeful after she failed to qualify on her first try.

In her opening race on Wednesday, Lee finished third behind Lea Friedrich from Germany and Daria Shmeleva of the Russian Olympic Committee.

The Hong Kong rider tried to overtake Shmeleva towards the finish, but to no avail.

Only the top two riders in each first-round heat qualify automatically for the next round.

Now battling to stay alive in the competition, Lee won her repechage race to secure a place in the quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.

The 34-year-old began the repechage trailing four other riders, but exploded in the final lap to finish first.

Lee grabbed a bronze medal in keirin at the London Olympics nine years ago and is hoping to do well again in Tokyo.

It's a different story for her Hong Kong teammate Jessica Lee who was eliminated after Wednesday's competition. She came fourth in both her first-round heat and repechage.