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Hong Kong wins six medals at Paralympics

Tang Wai Lok won the men's 200 meter freestyle swimming S14 final in Rio.

Leung Yuk Wing won the gold medal in the boccia mixed individual BC4 event.

The Hong Kong delegation took home six medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, held from September 7-18. The athletes collected two gold, two silver and two bronze.

The gold medalists were Tang Wai Lok and Leung Yuk Wing, who took home the top prize in the men’s S14 200 meter freestyle swimming race and the boccia (a game similar to bowling) mixed individual BC4 event, respectively.

The silver medals were both in wheelchair fencing. Yu Chui Yee received a medal for her performance in the women’s individual foil (category A), and the Hong Kong team won silver in the women’s epee team event.

The bronze medalists were Ng Mui Wui and Chan Yui Chong for women’s singles table tennis (class 11) and women’s individual epee wheelchair fencing (category B), respectively.

A total of 24 Hong Kong athletes participated in eight events at this year’s Paralympic Games, competing in archery, athletics, equestrian, shooting, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and boccia. The 2016 tournament saw more than 4,300 athletes from 159 countries compete for glory.

Universities surge up world rankings

The University of Hong Kong ranked 43rd out of the 980 institutions on the latest World University Rankings.

Five Hong Kong universities rose in the latest World University Rankings, conducted annually by Times Higher Education.

The University of Hong Kong climbed one spot to No. 43; the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology rose 10 spots to 49; and the Chinese University of Hong Kong moved up an impressive 62 places to 76. City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University made it into the top 200, improving from 201 to 119 and 250 to 192, respectively.

In Asia, Hong Kong has the most universities in the top 200 – an extraordinary achievement given the size of the territory compared to other Asian nations, said survey editor Phil Baty.

Times Higher Education ranks institutions based on 13 indicators that assess the universities on their research, quality of teaching, business and industry links, and international outlook. The 2016-17 rankings included 980 institutions from 79 countries.

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