HK elite eye Manila
HONG Kong's elite track and field athletes will be looking to impress the selectors when they take part in the two-day Singapore Open Championships which get under way this morning.
They know a good performance will enhance their chances of a place in the territory's team for the Asian Amateur Athletic Association Championships in Manila in late November.
The 12-strong Hong Kong squad in Singapore comprises six athletes from both the Watson's elite side and Watson's Athletic Club, individual entry Roberto De Vido of Police Athletic Club and five official Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association entries.
They will be competing against the best from Southeast Asia, as well as individuals from Australia and possibly New Zealand.
Triple jumper Ma Yuet is back in Singapore in a bid to improve on a silver medal last year. Ma's recent outing was a modest 15.67 metres.
Sprint champion Ku Wai-ming is also in with a chance in the men's 100 metres but will have to produce form close to his 10.59 best to get among the medals.
The squad includes four middle distance runners with HKAAA 1,500 metres, mile and 5,000 metres record-holder De Vido the only realistic medal-winning prospect.