Watson's romp away with title
By MIKE FIELD
THE Watson's Athletic Club (WAC) squad stormed to a convincing win in the third race of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association cross country league at Shing Mun Country Park yesterday.
Victory gave WAC three straight wins and has assured the club the overall title in the four-race league for the first time.
It was also Roberto De Vido's third consecutive win in the men's individual race, clocking 29 minutes and 51 seconds for the tough nine-kilometre course set in the hills above Shing Mun Reservoir. De Vido outpaced teammate Lee Kar-lun in the sprint to the tape.
Lee finished just a second behind De Vido with Macau-based Fong Tze-man (30:22) making it a Watson's 1-2-3.
Defending champions Tsuen Wan Athletic Club (TWAC) had no answer to the superb packing of WAC who filled six of the top 11 spots.
TWAC had to be content with a distant second in the team event and only just held off a determined challenge from a resurgent Fire Services Sports Club (FSSC) by a single point.
TWAC's Wong Ip-chor finished fourth in 30:43 with Kwok Hon-kwai fifth in 31:04.
WAC also cleaned up in both the men's five-kilometre under-20 and under-17 team races, with Lee Chi-wo and So Hoi-nam winning the individual races in 17:37 and 19:15 respectively.
Veteran Yuko Gordon led Ladies Road Runners Club (LRRC) to a one-sided team victory when she coasted to an effortless win in the women's nine-kilometre race in a time of 34:50, beating WAC's Chiu Pik-kwan by more than a minute with LRRC teammate Gillian Castka third in 36:48.
Gordon is also unbeaten in the league and assured of the overall women's individual title.
WAC's Ng Wai-yan won the five-kilometre junior women's race in 22:26 from teammate Cheng Yuen-ting (23:02).