Kings on the road to their crowns

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 November, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 November, 1995, 12:00am

THE adidas King of The Road series gets under way tomorrow morning from the Bowen Road Park.

The first race of the testing road series comprises a flat and fast eight kilometres course for men and six kilometres for women on Bowen Road starting at 8 am.

Form suggests Watson's Athletic Club (WAC) trio Roberto De Vido, Lee Kar-lun and Fong Tze-man will be fighting it out up front with Tsuen Wan Athletic Club's Li Kar-yin the other major contender.

Certainly the flat course and shorter distance favours De Vido who won the race last year in 25 minutes, 23 seconds from former WAC runner Martin Peace with Lee third in 25:52.

In contrast, Nike Half Marathon winner Lee will again find the distance too short. Macau-based Fong has improved by leaps and bounds this season and could well be the one to chase De Vido to the line.

Last year's women's race saw Maggie Chan Man-yee win with Winnie Ng comfortably in second place over Yuko Gordon of Ladies Road Runners Club (LRRC). But tomorrow's race is a different proposition.

With Chan now studying in America and Gordon sweeping all before her this season, the LRRC former Olympic marathon runner should turn the tables on Ng without too much difficulty.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's squad competing in last weekend's East Asian Junior Championships held in Taipei have returned with four bronze medals from the event which saw young athletes from Japan, South Korea, and hosts Taiwan competing.

The medals were won by Pauline Lee Po-ling in women's triple jump with a leap of 12.05 metres (a Hong Kong junior record), Chan Kiu-ching who cleared the bar at 2.04 m in men's high jump, Tang Hon-sing in the men's 200 m and the men's 4 ? 100 m relay squad.