Tang and Chiang race for supremacy

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 June, 2005, 12:00am

All eyes will be on the finish line at Siu Sai Wan Stadium this afternoon for the latest showdown between sprinters Tang Yik-chun and Chiang Wai-hung, in the men's 200 metres final during round three of the Watson's Athletic King Championship.

Form Five student Tang has been the man in form this season, and stole Chiang's senior 200m Hong Kong record in the first round of the series at Wan Chai in February even though, at just 18, Tang was competing as a junior.

In the second round in April, Tang underlined his supremacy by breaking his own record and becoming the first Hong Kong sprinter to break the 22-second mark when he clocked 21.94 during the qualifying heats.

To Wai-lok, an experienced international athlete who has been in the Hong Kong relay squad consistently since the Sydney Olympics in 2000, will also run the 200m today, and could well spoil the party for both Tang and Chiang.

One source suggested that Tang would try to break the national 100m record tomorrow afternoon and would therefore not overextend himself in the 200m today.

Tang's brace of record-breaking performances has earned him the top spot in the men's rankings table with 26 points, while hurdler Tang Hon-sing, the defending champion, lies two points further back on 24.

Hurdler Tang will need to break his own Hong Kong record to gain the necessary bonus points if he is to close the gap on his younger rival. Tang Yik-chun also heads the men's junior rankings table with 28 points after breaking the SAR junior 100m record in round two, a feat that earned bonus points to take him to the top in both categories.

In the women's events, Wan Kin-yee will again try to hold off the combined challenge of junior sprinters Leung Hau-sze and Chan Ho-yee in the final of the 200m, which will take place right after the men's race.

Wan lies joint first on the women's ranking table with 24 points along with Leung Shuk-wa, who will compete in the 100m tomorrow.