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Chao Man Hou is greeted by well-wishers at Macau International Airport.
Macau’s Chao returns home to hero’s welcome

25 Aug 2013
Macau, China: Different colored medals mean different things to different National Olympic Committees at major multi-sport games. For Macau, China, the single bronze medal from the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China, meant the world. It was won by 17-year-old swimmer Chao Man Hou, who finished third in the boys’ 50m breaststroke.

His achievement was celebrated in style back home in Macau, and there was a posse of media, family, sports officials and supporters to greet him when he arrived at Macau International Airport on Sunday evening.

“Macau is a small place and it is not easy to win a medal at such a big sports event,” said the Pooi To Middle School student.“My target was just to try my best, swim a Personal Best and get the highest position I could. When I looked up at the scoreboard and saw I had finished third I was so excited. It was an honour for me to stand on the podium and see the flag of Macau.”

Chao started swimming when he was eight years old as his mother said it would give him a strong physique, and he trains for two hours every day after school. He has the Asian Schools’ Swimming Championships coming up in Macau this autumn, and his main target is to win a medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, from September 19 to October 4, 2014.

Sadly, with the Sports and Olympic Committee of Macau, China, not a member of the International Olympic Committee, he will not be able to swim in next year’s 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing or set his sights on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.Still, he has put Macau on the map in one of the “big two” Olympic sports– swimming and athletics – with his swim of 29.52 seconds at the NanjingAYG.

The welcome party included Charles Lo, President of the Sports and Olympic Committee of Macau, China, Chairman of the OCA Media Committee and member of the OCA Executive Board.
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