Second record lost on breeze
From NAZVI CAREEM in Pusan
TO Wai-lok's hopes of setting a Hong Kong record were once again blown away by the wind, despite his finishing fourth in the men's 200 metres final of the East Asian Games.
To, 17, qualified fastest for the final in 21.32 seconds, which bettered the Hong Kong record of 21.45.
But a following wind of 3.2 metres per second meant the time could not stand as an official record.
In the final To clocked 21.53, leaving him about three metres behind China's bronze medallist Han Chaoming, who timed 21.23.
Japan's Koji Ito set a Games record of 20.98 in winning the gold, ahead of China's Huang Danwei, in 21.05.
It was the second event in which To's record attempts were thwarted by the wind speed. In Thursday's 100 metres he twice lowered Leung Wing-kwong's 1989 mark of 10.60, but on both occasions with a breeze exceeding the maximum 2m/s.
'I'm disappointed not to break the record,' said To, a student at Diocesan Boys' School who skipped his fifth form exams to take part in the Games.
'That was my goal before I came here.' To, however, showed that he is likely to be Hong Kong's leading sprinter for a long time, and said he was confident of one day setting national marks in both the 100 metres and the 200 metres.
Wan Kin-yee, a finalist in the women's 100 metres three days ago, was eighth of eight runners in yesterday's 400 metres hurdles at the Kudok Stadium.
The final day of the track and field competition today features only one Hong Kong athlete: Lei Chun-nei in the women's triple jump.
Lei finished last in the women's long jump during the week.