HK aim for gold record

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 October, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 October, 2000, 12:00am

YOUNG Hong Kong sprinter So Wa-wai set a world record on his way to capturing a gold in the men's T34 200 metres while the SAR's wheelchair fencers won another gold medal in the men's team foil at the Sydney Paralympics yesterday.

The SAR's squad look set to record their best-ever Games with four golds already in the bag - they won five in Atlanta four years ago.

While the wheelchair fencing team continued to dominate the men's events - they took both A and B foil categories - So had a flying start at Stadium Australia. The 19-year-old cerebral palsy star clocked 25.62 seconds, almost a second ahead of second-placed Serhiy Norenko from the Ukraine.

He sliced 0.52 of a second off his previous record (26.14) set at the Disability World Athletics Championships in Birmingham two years ago.

Coach Poon Kin-lui said there was a lot of talent in So. 'He was a little nervous before dashing to the finish. The winning time could have been even better. The track is good and the weather is mild. Wa-wai has room for a better time in the future.'

The fencing team comprising Fung Ying-ki, Hui Charn-hung and Chan Kam-loi were too strong for Poland as they won 45-28 in the final. Both Fung and Hui won their second gold of the Paralympics.