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Unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am
 

Name Ivan Li Chun-yin
School Lingnan Hang Yee Memorial Secondary School
Grade Form Six
Sport Athletics (long-distance running)

Achievements

Ivan, 18, is a long-distance runner competing for Tsuen Wan Athletics Association. He came second in the junior men's half-marathon at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon last year. At this year's event, he was fifth in the junior men's 10km race.

Ivan is Hong Kong's second-ranked junior half-marathon runner.

He won both this year's men's junior 8km Ma On Shan Cup race in January and the Men's D event at the Yuen Long Youth Festival Road Race. He also came third in the boys' youth event at the Hong Kong International Diamond Mile last year.

In this school year's Inter-school Championships (Division 2), he won two gold medals in the boys' A-grade 1,500m and 5,000m. He also came fourth in the Inter-school Cross Country Competition (Division One).

Soundbite

'I'd been training for eight months before this year's Hong Kong Marathon,' Ivan says. 'My target was to try win the title this year. Everything was ready, but two weeks before the race, I realised that somehow my application had been filled in wrongly. I'd entered for the 10km race.

'I was really disappointed because I'd missed a great chance to win a prize in my major event.

'I was also in a panic as I hadn't trained for 10km races for a long time, and thought I'd perform badly. I made use of every spare second over the two weeks before the race to get a feel for 10km runs again. Luckily, it wasn't as bad as I'd expected. I came fifth - but I was still upset I missed the half-marathon.'

From his coach

'I'm five years older than Ivan and trained him when I captained our school athletics team,' says Wong Kin-wai.

'I've seen him develop; he was an ordinary runner in Forms One and Two. I taught him how to run, and in Form Three, he trained much harder. His speed has really improved during the past two years.

'I have a full-time job now, but still go jogging with him at least once a week and he's now a faster runner than me. With more experience in major competitions in the future, I expect him to do even better.'

Ambitions

'I'd like to win the junior men's half-marathon title at next year's Hong Kong Marathon,' Ivan says.

'I also aim to claim Hong Kong's top junior half-marathon ranking by the end of the year.'

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