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Lee Wai Sze
Lee Wai Sze in 2016
Personal information
Born 12 May 1987 (1987-05-12) (age 34)
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Height 1.60 m
Weight 54 kg
Team information
Discipline Track cycling
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Major wins
Gold medal asia.svg Time trial 500 m, 2010 Asian Games
Gold medal asia.svg Keirin, 2014 Asian Games
Bronze medal olympic.svg Keirin, 2012 Olympic Games
Bronze medal olympic.svg Sprint, 2020 Olympic Games
Jersey white.svg Keirin, 2012–2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
Jersey white.svg Sprint, 2012–2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
Jersey rainbow.svg Time trial 500m, 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Jersey rainbow.svg Sprint, 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Jersey rainbow.svg Keirin, 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Wai Sze Lee
Lee at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2010

Sarah Lee Wai-sze, BBS, MH (Chinese: 李慧詩; Jyutping: lei5 wai6 si1; born 12 May 1987) is a Hong Kong professional track cyclist.

Her greatest success to date is winning the bronze medal in the women's keirin at the 2012 London Olympics, Hong Kong's third-ever Olympic medal and first in cycling. She won a second Olympic bronze medal in the women's sprint at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making her the first and only Hong Kong athlete to win medals in two different Olympic Games.

Early years

Lee was born on 12 May 1987 in Kowloon, Hong Kong. She grew up in a poor family in Ngau Tau Kok, sharing a 200-square-foot public flat with her parents and two older siblings. Lee attended two schools in the locality, Bishop Paschang Catholic School and Leung Shek Chee College.

Although born with anemia, Lee represented her school in athletics in 100 and 400-metre dash. At Form 3, her school recommended her to the Hong Kong Sports Institute and her talent was spotted by the Hong Kong Cycling Association.

Career

Lee became a full-time athlete in 2004. Initially trained as a road cyclist, Lee was in danger of bowing out of cycling after a serious accident in 2006 as she swerved to avoid a stray dog during training, where she suffered a broken left scaphoid bone. Lee is coached by Jinkang Shen, who has also coached other successful Hong Kong cyclist including Kam-Po Wong.

2010 Asian Games

Lee captured the attention of Hong Kong when she won gold at the 500-meter time trial track cycling event at the 2010 Asian Games, in which she broke the Asian Record in winning the championship with a time of 33.945 s. Lee also won a bronze in the sprint event. In December 2010, Lee improved her Asian Record in 500-meter time trial with a time of 33.939 s in the 2010 Melbourne Track Cycling World Cup. Lee's performance has impressed the cycling hierarchy, and she received the Hong Kong Potential Sports Stars Awards for 2010. She also received the Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong Government in 2011 for her outstanding achievements in international cycling competitions.

2012 Track Cycling World Cup

In February 2012 at the 2012 London Track Cycling World Cup, Lee upset Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton to win a bronze medal in the sprint event at the London Velodrome. She beat Pendleton 2–1 after losing to eventual champion Guo Shuang of China in the semi-finals. Lee also won a silver in the keirin final. The Union Cycliste Internationale described 24-year-old Lee as "a late revelation in the sprint events" after she claimed her second medal.

2012 Summer Olympics

Lee was chosen as the flag bearer of the Hong Kong Olympic Representatives for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She won the bronze medal in women's keirin. Lee's bronze medal feat handed Hong Kong their first ever Olympic medal in cycling, and only their third overall. Lee also participated in the women's sprint event although she did not progress through the 1/8 Finals after losing to Cuba's Lisandra Guerra. Lee eventually finished at the 10th place. Lee received HK$ 750k from the Hang Seng Athlete Incentive Awards Scheme for her achievement in the Games. In an interview with Ming Pao, Lee said she hoped her achievement in the London Olympics can inspire a new generation of Hong Kong athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games. She loved cycling but she is going to retire soon.

2013 Track Cycling World Cup

After the Olympics, Lee had a perfect start in the 2012–13 World Cup opening series with a gold medal in the women's sprint in Cali, Colombia, which is her first victory in a World Cup event. This is followed by a bronze in women's keirin in the second leg, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland. Lee won her first medal in 2013 by coming third in the women's sprint event in the third leg of the 2012–13 World Cup series.

2013 UCI World Track Championships

In February 2013, Lee carried on her good form and won gold in the women's 500m time-trial at the World Track Championships in Belarus. She became the first female and third overall athlete from Hong Kong to wear rainbow jersey. After the gold, Lee beat Guo Shuang of China in Women's Sprint and won a bronze medal, securing her second medal in Minsk. This is the first time any HK athlete won multiple medals at a World Championship event.

Personal life

Lee's idol is Great Britain's six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy.

Lee is a Baptist Christian. In 2009, she enrolled on a distance-learning course to study theology with the New York Theological Education Center Chinese Online School of Theology.

Achievements

2009
Asian Cycling Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial
ACC Track Asia Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg Keirin, Bangkok
1st Gold medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team Sprint (with Meng Zhao Juan)
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint
2010
2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Keirin, Beijing
Asian Games
1st Gold medal asia.svg 500 m Time trial
3rd Bronze medal asia.svg Sprint
Asian Cycling Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team Sprint (with Meng Zhao Juan)
ACC Track Asia Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial, Hakodate
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint, Hakodate
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team Sprint (with Meng Zhao Juan), Hakodate
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Keirin, Hakodate
1st Gold medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial, Kuala Lumpur
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Sprint, Kuala Lumpur
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Keirin, Kuala Lumpur
1st Gold medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial, Bangkok
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Sprint, Bangkok
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Keirin, Bangkok
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team Sprint (with Meng Zhao Juan), Bangkok
2011
2010–2011 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial,, Melbourne
Asian Cycling Championships
1st Gold medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team Sprint (with Meng Zhao Juan)
ACC Track Asia Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint, Bangkok
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team Sprint, Bangkok (with Meng Zhao Juan)
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint, Kuala Lumpur
1st Gold medal blank.svg Keirin, Kuala Lumpur
1st Gold medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial, Kuala Lumpur
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team Sprint (with Wang Xiao Fei), Kuala Lumpur
All China National Track Cycling Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint
2nd Silver medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial
2010–11 UCI Track Cycling World Ranking
1st 500 m Time trial
2012
Olympic Games
3rd Bronze medal olympic.svg Keirin
2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Keirin, London
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint, London
Asian Cycling Championships
1st Gold medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Keirin
All China National Track Cycling Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Keirin
2nd Silver medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint
UCI Track Cycling World Ranking
1st Sprint
2013
UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg 500 m time trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint
2012–2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint, Cali
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Keirin, Glasgow
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint, Aguascalientes
Overall 1stJersey white.svg Keirin
Overall 1stJersey white.svg Sprint
Asian Cycling Championships
1st Gold medal blank.svg 500 m Time trial
1st Gold medal blank.svg Keirin
UCI Track Cycling World Ranking
1st Time trial
1st Keirin
2014
Asian Track Championships
1st Maillot unidentified.png Keirin
1st Maillot unidentified.png 500m Time Trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint
Asian Games
1st Gold medal blank.svg Keirin
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint
Hong Kong International Track Cup
1st 500m Time Trial
2nd Keirin
2nd Sprint
South Australian Track Classic
1st Sprint
2nd Keirin
Incheon International Track Competition
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
Hong Kong International Track Classic
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
Hong Kong International Track Cup
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
2015
Asian Track Championships
1st Maillot unidentified.png Sprint
1st Maillot unidentified.png 500m Time Trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Keirin
Melbourne Cup on Wheels
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
South Australian Grand Prix
1st Sprint
2nd Keirin
Super Drome Cup
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
2016
Asian Track Championships
1st Maillot unidentified.png Keirin
2nd Silver medal blank.svg 500m Time Trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint
ITS Melbourne DISC Grand Prix
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
ITS Melbourne Grand Prix
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
2017
Asian Track Championships
1st Maillot unidentified.png Keirin
1st Maillot unidentified.png Sprint
1st Maillot unidentified.png 500m Time Trial
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team Sprint (with Ma Wing Yu)
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint, World Track Championships
2021
Olympic Games
3rd Bronze medal olympic.svg Sprint
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