Lee in top form for Asia meet

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 March, 1997, 12:00am

Rising triathlon star Daniel Lee Chi-wo showed off his talents by winning the Hong Kong Duathlon Championship in Plover Cove.

The 19-year-old beat a strong field to win the five-kilometre run; 30 km bike race; and five km run in one hour, 27 minutes and 58 seconds.

He beat John Taylor by almost three minutes, putting himself in good stead for June's Asian Championship.

Kim Isherwood won the women's event in 1:41.43, Sue Mulley clocked 1:46.31.

Meanwhile, Isherwood went into the race with a trimmer body after following a special diet, and had lost two per cent of her weight.

'She has been training hard for the event and is in top form after returning from a recent two-week training camp in Phuket,' said Ruth Hunt, triathlon coach at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

Isherwood won her age group (35-40) while competing in the New Zealand Ironman, the first important race in the ironman series this year.

It comprised a gruelling 3.8 km sea swim, 180 km bike ride and a 42.6 km run.

An ironman specialist, Isherwood finished fifth in the same event in 1994 and should be able to make her target in the women's elite category this time.

The Ironman World Championships will be in Hawaii in October and Isherwood needs to do well in order to qualify.