Fong aims for Olympic reprieve

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 September, 1999, 12:00am

Alex Fong Lik-sun hopes to revive his Sydney 2000 Olympic hopes at the weekend's Hong Kong Championships after failing to meet the qualifying standards two weeks ago.

Fong, who holds the men's 200 metres backstroke national record, won four gold medals at the Asia-Pacific Age-Group Championships in New Delhi, giving him the overall title in the boys' open.

But the medals mean little to Fong, who, despite his success, failed to reach the standards required for Olympic qualification.

Teammates Sherry Tsai Hiu-wai, Kong Yan-kei and Tam Chi-kin have already achieved Olympic standards, with Tsai and Kong reaching their goals in New Delhi and Tam making the grade during the Pan Pacific Championships in Sydney.

'I am really disappointed at my performances in the Asia-Pacs and I am still wondering why I couldn't reach the marks. My swims were not that bad but I just didn't get close to the standards there,' said Fong.

'I must qualify here or the Inter-City Games in Xi'an later this month.

'Otherwise, I would feel very worried as there will not be many qualifying events left.

'I don't care about medals. They would come to nothing if I don't qualify,' Fong said.

He will take part in four events - 200m and 400m in both the backstroke and medley - in the championships at the Shing Mun Valley indoor pool.

Fong's best chance lies in the 400m medley as his personal best time is three seconds inside the Olympic standard of 4:35.86.

'Although I hold the 200m backstroke record, I have achieved better results in the 400m medley internationally,' said Fong, whose time in the 400m medley is second in Hong Kong only to Asian Games bronze medallist Mark Kwok Kin-ming.