Lamsam takes her gold haul to five
By NORIDEEN KITCHELL
HONGKONG'S top woman swimmer Robyn Lamsam continued to smash records as she brought her gold medal tally to five at the Arafura Sports Festival in Darwin yesterday.
She broke the Northern Territory's all-comers record in the 50 metres butterfly and 50 metres freestyle, then set a Hongkong record of 2:07.96 in the 200 metres freestyle, beating the previous record of 2:08.00.
The 15-year-old Diocesan Girls' School pupil had already won two golds earlier in the meeting, including the 400 metres freestyle event in which she set a Hongkong record of four minutes and 25.14 seconds.
Her winning time of 29.74 seconds in the 50 metres butterfly shaved 1.53 seconds off the Northern Territory all-comers mark set in 1987.
The Hongkong swim team went on a medal collecting spree with the highly promising Heidi Wong and Billy Kwok each winning four races.
Twelve-year-old Wong, one of the youngest competitors at the festival, had victories in the open 200 metres breaststroke and the 50 metres breaststroke as well as the 100 metres freestyle and 100 metres breaststroke for her own age division.
Kwok, a 14-year-old St Joseph's College student, picked up four golds - in the 200 metres individual medley, 100 metres backstroke and both the 100 and 50 metres freestyle events.
Teammate Brendan Leung added his own gold to Hongkong's haul by taking the 100 metres butterfly in the 14-year-olds category.
Katie Lau, competing in the 14-year-old girls class, collected gold in the 100 metres butterfly.
Hongkong also struck gold outside the pool. In the badminton competition they beat Brunei, Indonesia and Australia for the team title.
In the rugby competition, the Hongkong development squad have one win against two defeats so far.
They lost to the Northern Territory 20-12 and went down again to the Northern Territory under-21 side 19-12 but then defeated the Australian combined services team 26-19.