Hong Kong cyclist Wong Kam-po finished 37th in the men's road race at the London Olympics. His time of five hours, 46 minutes and 37 seconds was just 40 seconds off the winner.
|Cyclist Wong Kam-po. Photo: Damon Pang.|
The 39-year-old evaded a crash early on and stayed at the rear end of the pack for almost the entire race. Hovering around 110th he managed to close the gap to around a minute with 50 kilometres to go, after eight laps around Box Hill.
A relentless sprint down the Mall saw him leapfrog to 37th across the finish line.
Wong said he was very satisfied with the result, saying it was a tall order racing against all the professional riders from Europe.
The winner of the gruelling 250-kilometre encounter was Kazakhstan's Alexandr Vinokurov, who broke away from Colombian Rigoberto Uran Uran with eight kilometres to go, to bring home the gold medal in dramatic fashion. Uran finished second and
Alexander Kristoff of Norway got the bronze.