Records broken by two juniors
By MIKE FIELD
JUNIOR athletes stole the glory at yesterday's open meeting held by Happy Valley Athletic Association at Wan Chai Sports Ground.
Javelin thrower David Leventhal and runner Peggy Choi Hiu-nam, both Watson's Athletic Club members, broke long-standing national junior records.
Leventhal threw 53.02 metres to better the 50.80 mark set by Lau Kim-ho in 1989.
However, the event was won by Leventhal's coach and fellow Watson's athlete Kevin Baker, with a throw of 55.78 metres. Baker also won the shot putt (13.16 metres) and discus (35.96 metres).
Choi, who is already Hongkong's leading women's 400 metres runner, clocked 64.70 seconds for the 400 metres hurdles to shave two tenths of a second from the 64.90 mark set by former KGV student Alison Lees in 1985.
Olympian Pat Kwok-wai of Citizens Athletic Association (TCAA), who retired after his poor Barcelona performance, served notice that he is on the comeback trail with a sprint double.
He clocked 10.70 seconds to win the 100 metres by a big margin from teammate Lai Tung-sing, and repeated his performance with a solid 200 metres win, in 22.38. Lai was again second.
Watson's Elite Programme runner William Hau Yiu-chung won the 400 metres in 49.91, from South China's Wong Kim-fung. There may be some questions about the organisation and scheduling of some events. The women's 10,000 metres event, held in the hot mid-afternoon, saw Yip Lai-fong the lone competitor. She clocked a pedestrian 47:14.60.
And the men's 800 metres final it attracted only four starters, even though eight had qualified from three heats.