Wong Kam-po

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Wong Kam-po
2008TourDeTaiwan Stage1 After Race Media Interview Kam-po Wong.jpg
Personal information
Full name Wong Kam-po
Born (1973-03-13) 13 March 1973 (age 41)
Hong Kong
Team information
Discipline Track, road
Role Coach
Professional team(s)
2000-2003
2003-2004
2005-2006
2006
2007
Telekom Malaysia
Marco Polo Cycling Team
Purapharm
Tarbes Pyrénées Cyclisme
Hong Kong Pro Cycling Team
Major wins
Arc en ciel.svg World 15km Scratch race champion (2007)
Infobox last updated on
22 November 2010
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wong.

Wong Kam-po BBS MH (Chinese: 黃金寶; pinyin: Huáng Jīnbǎo; Jyutping: wong4 gam1 bou2, born 13 March 1973 in Hong Kong) in Shatin, Hong Kong, is a world champion racing cyclist. After retiring from professional cycling, he is now a coach in Hong Kong team.

Biography[edit]

Wong Kam-po joined the Hong Kong cycling team in 1990. He quit the team after allegedly fighting with a team mate. After meeting his current coach Shen Jiang-Kong (Chinese: 沈金康), he rejoined the team and began a successful career, winning golds in the National Games of the People's Republic of China (1997 & 2001) and the Asian Games (1998, 2006 & 2010). His 1997 win of the Philippine Marlboro Tour was the only championship by a non-Filipino in the event.

In 1992, he was banned from international races for one year for deserting the trouble-plagued 1992 pre-Olympic training squad in France, in support of his coach Chow Tat-ming who was in dispute with the Hong Kong Cycling Association over wages. Wong returned to racing in the opening race of the 1993-94 season.[1]

Wong Kam-po became the first Chinese World Champion cyclist by winning the 15 km-scratch in 2007 UCI Track World Championships.[2] He earned the right to wear the Rainbow Jersey for the year 2007-08. Wong performed well at the 2007 UCI B World Championships road race, with a 4th place finish, to win an invitation to the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is the flag bearer for Hong Kong.

After Wong Kam-Po won his third Asian Games Gold Medal in Guangzhou, Hong Kong's Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said, "I would like to pay my particular tribute to our cyclist Wong Kam-po who has won three gold, one silver and one bronze, including the gold medal grabbed today, during his various performances at the Asian Games. He epitomises Hong Kong people's determination and perseverance. This is legendary."[3]

At the 2012 London Olympics, Wong Kam-Po finished 37th in the Men's road race. His time of 5 hours, 46 minutes and 37 seconds was just 40 seconds off the winner Alexander Vinokurov.[4]

Wong was the first Hong Kong rider to gain Category One status in Europe.[1]

2023 Asian Games bid[edit]

Wong Kam-po is a supporter of Hong Kong's 2023 Asian Games bid. On 29 November 2010, speaking at the Legislative Council Home Affairs Panel special meeting on the proposed hosting of the 2023 Asian Games, Wong Kam-po said political parties' resistance to the proposal broke his heart. He said Hong Kong needs the spirit of sport, urging legislators to view the issue from a long-term and global perspective.[5]

Palmarès[edit]

1995
1st Tour de Okinawa
1997
1st General Classification Tour of the Philippines
1998
1st Tour de Okinawa
1999
1st General Classification Tour of South China Sea
2000
1st Stage 4 Tour de Langkawi
1st Tour de Okinawa
1st in Stage 3 Tour of South China Sea
2001
1st Meridian Circuit, Englewood, Colorado (USA)
1st Stage 10 Superweek International Cycling Classic (USA)
1st Road Race, Asian Championships
1st General Classification Tour of South China Sea
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 4
Tour de Langkawi
1st Asian Rider Classification
2002
3rd Road Race, Asian Championships
3rd Road Race, Asian Games
1st Stage 5 Tour of Wellington
1st Stage 7 Tour of Wellington
3rd Langnau (SUI)
1st Stage 4 Tour of Qinghai Lake
2003
1st Steinfurt (GER)
1st Stage 3 Tour Nord-Isère (FRA)
1st Stage 1 Tour de Korea
1st Stage 5 Tour de Korea
1st Gippingen (SUI)
1st Stage 1 Tour of Qinghai Lake
2nd General Classification Tour of South China Sea
1st Stage 2
2004
2nd Points Race, Asian Championships
3rd Scratch Race, Asian Championships
1st General Classification Tour de Hokkaido
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 5 Tour d'Indonesia, Madiun (IDN)
1st Tour de Okinawa (JPN)
3rd General Classification Tour of South China Sea
2005
1st Stage 7 Tour of South China Sea
1st Stage 1 Tour of Siam
1st in Stage 2 Tour of China, Hefei (CHN)
1st in Stage 3 Tour of China, Hefei (CHN)
1st in Stage 4 Tour of China, Hefei (CHN)
1st in Stage 9 Tour d'Indonesia, DenPasar (IDN)
2nd in General Classification Tour of South China Sea (HKG)
1st in Stage 2
1st in Stage 4
1st in Stage 5
1st in Stage 6
2006
1st GP des fêtes du Coux et Bigaroque (FRA)
1st Stage 3 Cepa Tour, Hong Kong, Asia World-Expo (HKG)
1st Stage 4 Cepa Tour, Hong Kong Shatin (HKG)
1st Stage 1 Tour of Japan, Osaka (JPN)
1st Road Race, Asian Games
1st Stage 4 Tour of South China Sea
2007
1st Stage 5 Jelajah Malaysia, Taiping (MAS)
1st Stage 2 Tour de Taiwan, Tainan (TPE)
1st Scratch Race, World Championships
2nd Hong Kong National Road Race Championships
2008
1st Scratch Race, Track World Cup,Los Angeles (USA)
1st in Stage 1 Tour de Taiwan, Love River (TPE)
1st in Stage 7 Tour de Taiwan, Jingmao (TPE)
2009
1st Point Race, Track World Cup, Copenhagen
2010
1st Road Race, Asian Games
2nd Point Race, Asian Games
2012
1st Stage 2 Tour de Taiwan[6]
37th overall Men's road race, Summer Olympics

2009 National Games assault incident[edit]

In the week of 16 October, Wong Kam-po was preparing for the 11th National Games in Shandong.[7] In preparing for the event, Wong and his team was 10 minutes early, and the security guards did not let them enter the venue.[8] The team was then assaulted by the security.[7] Cyclist Wong Kam-po was pushed down to the floor by the guards.[7] Hong Kong Sports Institute coach Zhang Pak-ming (張百鳴) was surrounded by four security guards and beaten.[7] His leg was injured. A threat was also made to destroy the HK team's car.[7] The incident was reported to the police, after which they could enter the venue. President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China Timothy Fok expressed concern for the case.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 'Heavyweight' Wong surprised by recall to national side, SCMP, 19 Jan 1994
  2. ^ "Britain continue golden start to track worlds". Yahoo! Sport. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  3. ^ More gold at the Asian Games 22 November 2010 news.gov.hk
  4. ^ HK cyclist Wong Kam-po finishes 37th Radio Television Hong Kong. 29 July 2012.
  5. ^ Sport stars back Gov't games appeal 29 November 2010 news.gov.hk
  6. ^ "Wong Kam Po wins at Tour de Taiwan". Cycling News. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Sina.com. "Sina.com." 全運會保安打黃金寶. Retrieved on 2009-10-29.
  8. ^ Sina.com. "Sina.com." 全運會保安推跌黃金寶. Retrieved on 2009-10-29.

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