Tai Po visitors runaway winners
VISITING athletes from Guangdong dominated yesterday's Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAA) '95 Summer Athletic Invitational Meeting held at the Tai Po Sports Ground.
And it was Guangdong's Sun Caiyun, a former women's pole vault world indoor record holder, who attracted all the attention as she cleared the bar at 4.00 metres in an exhibition immediately prior to the men's pole vault competition despite having to contend with a very slippery run-up caused by the morning showers.
The bar was then lowered as the men's competition got underway with South China Athletic Association's Tang Kim-fai running out the eventual winner with a height of 3.00 metres.
As expected, Guangdong women's sprint hurdler Chen Zhenhong was in a class of her own in winning the 100 metres hurdles in 13.80 on the sodden track, easily beating teammate Zhushuiying who clocked 14.02 in second place.
Several local athletes also performed creditably in the wet conditions with Cheung Man-lo and Pauline Lee Po-ling both setting Hong Kong records in women's 400 metres hurdles and triple jump events respectively.
Cheung clocked 63.15 seconds in the demanding 400 metres hurdles which easily bettered her own Hong Kong national record of 63.75 recorded in Taipei on 28 May this year.
With triple jumpers experiencing considerable difficulty on the wet runway, Lee Po-ling's 11.90 metres, third place behind winner Yan Xueqin of Guangdong, who won with a leap of 12.40, was a lot further than her own junior record of 11.31 recorded in February this year.