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Sarah Lee makes history with second Olympic medal

2021-08-08 HKT 11:02
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  • Sarah Lee celebrates after crossing the line first to claim her second Olympics bronze medal. Photo: AP
    Sarah Lee celebrates after crossing the line first to claim her second Olympics bronze medal. Photo: AP
Hong Kong’s Sarah Lee on Sunday captured the bronze medal in the women’s track cycling sprint competition in Tokyo, becoming the first local athlete to win medals in two separate Olympic Games.

Lee, already a bronze medal winner in London 2012, added to her medal collection by beating Germany’s Emma Hinze 2-0 in their best-of-three match up.

Putting aside the disappointment of being narrowly beaten in two straight races by Ukraine’s Olena Starikova in the semi-finals, Lee looked composed in her first outing against her German opponent.

The 34-year-old sprinter comfortably took the first contest, crossing the finish line almost a second ahead of Hinze.

The second race was a cagey, tactical affair, but Lee used all her experience to explode from out of Hinze’s slipstream and accelerated to the finish line to claim the bronze medal.

Her bronze medal is the sixth medal of Hong Kong’s most successful Olympics ever.

Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell was the gold medal winner in the sprint, beating Starikova 2-0 in their best-of-three final at the Izu Velodrome.