More athletes are joining the NFT hype train every day. Now, Olympic fencer and gold medalist Zhang Jialang has released his first NFT collection called GOLD4HK. they were released to celebrate the country’s athletic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
About the NFT Collection
Olympic gold medalist Zhang Jialang and his men’s foil team are entering the NFT market with their “GOLD4HK” collection set to be released shortly after Christmas.
It is believed to be the world’s first NFT program for foil fencers. Hong Kong foilists Cheung, Shawn Cheung Siu-Lun, Lawrence Ng Lok-wang, Ryan Choi Chun-yin and coach Gregory Koenig will appear in the series. This will include 5,424 NFTs and will be released in two batches. The first batch will be minted on December 27 and the second batch will be minted on January 20.
“What we have accomplished with Hong Kong is amazing,” said Coach Koenig, “and I hope the Hong Kong community remembers this for as long as possible.” It’s also always good for the team to have something in common outside of the fencing gym.
About Cheung Ka Long
Edgar Cheung Ka Long is a 24-year-old Olympic fencer from Hong Kong. Both of his parents played in national basketball leagues in Hong Kong and China. He began learning to fence in the fourth grade. Notably, in 2013, he was named Hong Kong’s most promising young athlete in the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards. This was followed by a number of awards throughout his junior and senior career to date. These awards include medals at the World Cup, Grand Prix, Asian Championships and the Asian Games.
However, he recently achieved his greatest sporting achievement to date, winning an individual gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo this summer. He is now ranked 4th in the International Fencing Federation’s international rankings and is the first Hong Kong athlete to win an Olympic fencing gold medal and the only Hong Kong athlete to win an Olympic gold medal for his country.
Notably, he is left-handed, which is uncommon in any sport. Also, he is exceptionally tall among fencers at 6 feet 4 inches, compared to the Rio 2016 Olympic average of 5 feet 8 inches.