Rain puts the skids under competitors
A VERY heavy track and slippery conditions underfoot put paid to any outstanding performances in yesterday's Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) Open meeting held at the Tai Po Sports Ground.
Still the meeting did have its moments with several members of the Watson's/Hong Kong Sports Institute Athletics Programme turning in respectable performances under trying conditions while others including ace woman distance runner Maggie Chan Man-yee opted not to compete.
WAC's hammer thrower Sammy Fong Charm-hung, who set a national record of 51.96 metres in Manila last month, overcame a very wet and slippery throwing circle to win the event with a respectable heave of 50.00 metres.
Fong, a candidate for selection to Hong Kong's team to compete in September's Asian Athletic Championships in Jakarta, will have another opportunity to impress HKAAA selectors at the Summer Invitation Athletics meeting in July.
Top woman long and triple jumper Anthea Li Chun-nei also of WAC had the same problems in the triple jump which she won with a leap of 11.87 metres, easily beating teammate Pauline Lee Po-ling who took second place on 11.21 metres.
However Hong Kong men's high jump record holder Chang Yu-ho of Yuen Long District Sports Association (YLDSA) suffered a shock defeat at the hands of WAC's Wan Tat-yung who cleared the bar at 1.95 metres. Chang who holds the national record on 2.15 metres, could only clear a mediocre 1.90 metres.
TCAA's promising young sprinter Tang Hon-sing caught the eye when he won the men's 100 metres run on a heavy track in 10.88 seconds, beating former Hong Kong Schools champion Kevin Liu while WAC's Macau-based speedster Li Via-kuen cruised to victory in the men's 400 metres in 49.28.
The decision of the meeting organisers to hold both a men's and women's 10,000 metres event in the summer heat was questionable as no one turned up for the men's race while Happy Valley's Yip Lai-fong was the lone runner in the women's event which she completed in 48 minutes, 52.5 seconds.