Records fall on way to medals
THE youthful Hong Kong swim team set eight national records this week on their way to an eight-medal haul in the high profile Epson World Cup short course meeting highlighted by a world record from Germany's Sandra Volker.
Backstroke specialist Volker brought the two-day championships to life when she clocked 27.86 seconds for the 50 metres sprint and shaved 0.07 of a second off the world record held by American Angel Martino.
Robyn Lamsam kept the territory's colours flying when she beat swimmers from Italy, Sweden, Slovania, New Zealand and Sweden to clinch the bronze medal in the women's 200 metres freestyle event.
The 17-year-old posted a time of 2:03.56, which was 1.28 seconds outside her own Hong Kong record set in Beijing a year ago, in finishing third to German aces Franziska van Almsick and Julia Jung.
Although Hong Kong also bagged two silvers and five other bronze medals, Robyn was the only local swimmer to defeat overseas opposition.
The two silvers went to Alex Wong Chu-hay in the 50 metres breast-stroke and Tam Chi-kin in the 200 metres breast-stroke. However, in both events there was only one foreign competitor.
However, both boys set national records on their way to the silver medals with Alex clocking 30.28 to clip 0.18 second off the record set by Craig Li Tze-tsun two years ago.
Chi-kin's time of 2:22.87 improved his own mark by 1.49 seconds, and he also added the 100 metres breast-stroke record to his name in clocking 1:05.42 for third place, beating Johnny Li Khai-kham's 1:06.10 set 12 years ago.
Mark Kwok Kin-ming failed to win a medal but rewrote three Hong Kong records - for the 200 metres and 400 metres freestyle and 400 metres individual medley events.
His time of 1:55.53 for the 200 metres freestyle improved Arthur Li Kai-yin's mark by 0.17 second and he demolished the national records in the two longer events.
Mark clocked 4:00.75 for the freestyle to slash an astonishing 8.61 seconds off another one of Arthur's marks and in the medley he chopped 9.19 seconds off Billy Kwok Sze-wai's record of 4:41.21.
The other two national records were broken by Heidi Wong Hoi-tik in the women's 100 metres breast-stroke heats.
Heidi clocked 1:12.15 for the full distance to cut 1.87 seconds off Snowie Pang Wan-yiu's best and her split time of 34.17 beat the 50 metres record of 34.75 held by Maggie Hui Mei-ki.