SAR teen aims for strong finish

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 July, 2002, 12:00am

SAR windsurfer Cheng Kwok-fai is still in contention for the world youth title at the Mistral Youth and Junior World Championships being held in Cadiz, Spain.

With just three more race days to go, 19-year-old Cheng, who is a full-time elite athlete with the Hong Kong Sports Development Board, is well placed to become Hong Kong's third youth champion after Ho Chi-ho and Chan King-yin.

Spain's Marc Riera Pallas was in first place on Wednesday and although Cheng - who won the Hong Kong Junior Sports Star Award earlier this year - slipped to fourth place from second, he still has a chance to steal the prestigious prize with strong performances in the remaining races today, tomorrow and on Sunday.

Teammates Yu-Wing-ho and Wong Yu-him, both 17, were placed in the top 30 before yesterday's races.

A total of 150 windsurfers from five continents are competing in seven categories at the championships which end on Sunday.

In the junior men's category, Cheung Lai-ho, 15, was ranked sixth, while in the women's youth section, Chan Wai-man, 18, was ninth.

Last year in Thailand, more than 180 competitors and coaches from 23 nations took part in the first-ever Mistral Youth and Junior World Championships held outside Europe.