Baker on a roll with win treble
WITH most of Hongkong's elite track and field athletes now in Darwin for this week's Arafura Games, performances in yesterday's Open Athletics Meeting organised by South China Athletic Association (SCAA) at Wan Chai Sports Ground were modest.
Only Watson's Athletic Club's top thrower Kevin Baker - who scored a treble in winning the javelin, shot putt and discus events - and 400 metres runner Chung Kiu-man of Phoenix AC caught the eye in men's events.
Baker won the javelin by big margin with a throw of 57.84 metres and then took the shot putt, which he heaved 12.84 metres, a full metre ahead of second-placed Tsang Kwon-kan of TCAA.
Chung, who is better known as a 400 metres hurdler, yesterday chose to go over the flat route and came home a good winner in 50.16 with SCAA's Wong Kim-fung a fighting second in 50.39.
Olympic sprinter Pat Kwok-wai of TCAA who ''retired'' after his lamentable performance in the Barcelona Games, yesterday made a reappearance on the track to win the men's 200 metres in 22.15 seconds against a mediocre field.
The men's 100 metres saw Watson's Leung Veng-cheong, who will be representing Macau in next month's East Asia Games, win very easily in 10.87 seconds.
In women's events, Ladies Road Runners Club's Gillian Castka scored a distance double, winning the 1,500 metres in five minutes 4.22 seconds and 5,000 metres in 19:12.26. Watson's junior sprinter Eleanor Davis also notched a double in winning the 200 metres in 27.67 seconds and 400 metres in 63.46.
Watson's leading woman high jumper Leung Wai-chi cleared the bar at 1.60 metres to win the high jump with one of the seasons' better performances for the event.
Ladies Road Runners Club's Yuko Gordon made a welcome return to the track, wining the 800 metres event in 2:32.60.
Gordon intends competing in both the 800 metres and 1,500 metres events in this year's World Veterans' Championships which will be held in Myazaki, Japan, in October.