Records tumble as titles draw to a close
ALEX Fong Lik-sun and Joanna Fargus produced the outstanding performances on the final day of the Hong Kong national championships yesterday, setting senior and junior records at Kowloon Park.
Fong smashed his own junior record of 4:45.95 for the men's 400 metres individual medley and set a senior record in the process, clocking 4:40.20.
His time was a fraction of a second faster than Mark Kwok Kin-ming's previous senior record of 4:40.32.
Fong touched home more than seven seconds ahead of second-placed Szeto Shui-ki, who timed 4:47.67 while Michael Scott finished third in 4:56.75.
Fargus, who on Saturday set a junior record in the women's 100 metres backstroke, went one better in the 200 metres backstroke, clocking 2:24.11.
It bettered by more than four seconds Kristina Koehler's pervious senior and junior record of 2:28.41.
Koehler, herself, swam under the old record in finishing second in 2:26.79.
Snowie Pang Wan-yiu was third in 2:32.79.
The blue riband events of yesterday's final day, the men's and women's 100 metres freestyle finals, saw a new face emerge.
In the absence of national record holder Robyn Lamsam, junior swimmer Mok Wing-yan stole the show with a 1:02.21.
However, this was well behind Lamsam's record of 57.90.
Second was Fargus in 1:03.03 with Anne Wong finishing third in 1:03.69.
Michael Wright, winner of the 50 metres freestyle on Saturday, completed a sprint double, winning the men's title in 52.68, less than a second behind his national record of 51.88.
Junior Ayako Nakamura, winner of the women's 100 metres butterfly and 200 metres individual medley, proved the most consistent over the three days of competition after being declared joint junior and senior overall winner.
She shared the junior award with Heidi Wong and the senior title with Fargus.
Zachary Moffatt, who set two junior records on Saturday, won the overall junior title with Mark Kwok taking the senior award.
South China Athletic Association continued their domination of Hong Kong swimming by winning the overall team title.