Chan decides to keep it short

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 May, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 May, 2000, 12:00am

The SAR's distance running queen Maggie Chan Man-yee shattered a 14-year-old national record on her way to qualifying for the Olympics in the 10,000 metres in America - and then announced that she had decided to drop the event in Sydney as she finds it 'too long'.

Chan, who booked an Olympic ticket in the 5,000 metres last week, won her race - her second at the distance - in 33 minutes and 4.54 seconds at the Stanford Invitation meet.

Her winning time was well inside the qualifying mark of 33:20.00 and far better than the previous record held by Yuko Gordon (34:27.77).

Chan, 25, said she preferred to concentrate on the 5,000 metres, her specialist event, in Sydney as the 10,000 metres was too long for her.

'I'm very sore now. I couldn't sleep at all, not even half an hour. I was just sitting up, reading until morning,' Chan said.

'I will only run the 5,000 metres in Sydney. It's too hard to compete in two distance events in four days. I just wanted to run a good time in the 10,000 metres here and I proved I was capable of reaching the standard,' the Brigham Young University graduate said.

'I ran well but I still hate that race. I was totally not in the racing mood before the event. I wasn't excited about it at all. I'm happy that I improved more than 90 seconds over my first one but I just don't like races that long.' Chan is on the right pace to register a good time in the 5,000 metres in Sydney as she set three personal best times within a space of six weeks. She now holds the SAR record at 15:49.67.

She will be joined by hurdler Chan Sau-ying and the men's 4 ? 100 metres relay team in the SAR athletics team at the Sydney Olympics in September.