Baker and Chan add to medal haul
From MIKE FIELD in Singapore
HONG Kong athletes picked up another two medals on the second and final day of the Singapore Open Championships yesterday.
Watson's elite squad runner Maggie Chan Man-yee followed up her silver medal in Saturday's 1,500 metres with another second place, this time in the 3,000 metres, which was run in hot and humid conditions.
Chan improved her own Hong Kong junior record in clocking 10 minutes 31.9 seconds behind barefooted gold medallist Molly Chacko of India, who ran a very respectable 9:48.2.
Kevin Baker of Watson's Athletic Club managed a personal best of 13.44 metres in the first round of the shot put.
He was unable to improve on the distance but it still proved good enough for third place behind winner Satkaran Singh of India, who used the unorthodox spin technique in the circle to secure gold with a throw of 16.15 metres.
With Yap Kai-tak of Pacers Athletic Club withdrawing from the men's 800 metres through injury, it was left to Police Athletic Club's Roberto De Vido to try and repeat his 1,500 metres success on Saturday.
But the long-striding American found the pace too fast as the pack went through the first 400 metres in 55 seconds.
Avtar Singh of India took the gold in 1:49.20 with De Vido hanging on for a respectable fourth in 1:55.40.
There was little to cheer about for the rest of the Hong Kong competitors yesterday.
Olympic sprinter Ku Wai-ming found the pace to hot in the men's 200 metres semi-finals and was eliminated after clocking a very average 22.2 seconds to follow on from his below-par performance in Saturday's 100 metres semi-finals.
Women's triple jumper Anthea Li Chun-nei of the Watson's elite squad struggled to find form and after fouling on her first attempt she had to be content with 11.99 metres for fifth place.
Men's hammer thrower Fong Charm-hung had a disappointing competition, recording only a modest 47.92 metres in finishing fifth.