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After a medal-laden first week of the Asian Games, how high can Hong Kong soar?

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Analysis Asian Games 2023: after medal-laden first week, how high can Hong Kong soar in Hangzhou?

The city’s athletes reached 43 medals with half of the Games still to go, needing only three more to match Hong Kong’s best ever haul, in Jakarta in 2018Siobhan Haughey and Cheung Ka-long delivered, but Hong Kong’s squad have also found medals in unlikely places and new stars have emerged to fill sizeable shoesAsian Games 2023Josh Ballin HangzhouPublished: 8:01pm, 2 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Halfway through the Asian Games in Hangzhou and the Hong Kong team are flying, marking the first full-week of competition with unprecedented success across a number of sports, record-setting performances and historic achievements.

The city’s athletes have already amassed 43 medals overall – six gold, 15 silver and 22 bronze – just three shy of the total number won at the last Games five years ago in Jakarta.

And while some sports have dropped off the radar since 2018, others have risen to heights barely dreamed of in previous years.

Gold has come for the first time in swimming and golf, it has been retained by the men’s sevens team, and won by rowers and the city’s Olympic champion fencer, Cheung Ka-long.

Siobhan Haughey’s presence has meant records, regional and local, have tumbled in the pool, and her belief that she can go faster still could see them fall further in Paris next year.

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