Hong Kong golf ace, Taichi Kho, on Sunday won a gold medal in the men’s individual competition at the Asian Games.
Kho took control of the leaderboard on day two of the four-day event and didn’t let up. Despite a fierce fight to the end from South Korea’s Im Sungjae, Kho won by a shot at a total of 27 under par.
In an as closely contested battle for bronze, Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao held off strong South Korean competition, finishing a shot ahead of Kim Si Woo on 24 under par.
For Kho, it continues a remarkable breakout year, in which he also won the World City Championship, in Hong Kong, in March.
Speaking to reporters after the competitions, Kho said he couldn't put into words the excitement he felt when he won the medal, which he hadn't expected.
The 22-year-old said he hoped the medal would contribute to the growth of golf in Hong Kong and highlight the city's pool of talented young golfers with immense potential.
Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung congratulated Kho on winning the gold medal.
“Taichi Kho went all out and won the gold medal with his outstanding performance, once again claiming victory for the Hong Kong, China Delegation. We are grateful for that," he said.
Hong Kong has so far won 40 medals at the Asian Games, including six gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze.