Record-breaking teen on right track

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 June, 2005, 12:00am

Name: Fung Chun-yu

School: Full-time athlete at Hong Kong Sports Institute in Sha Tin

Age: 18

Sport: Athletics

Achievements: Fung twice broke the Hong Kong junior record in the 400 metres hurdles, timing 54.11 seconds and 54.08 seconds at China Grand Prix events in Zhongshan and Chongqing . He is also a record holder in the Hong Kong age-group boys' A1 and A2 categories and the inter-school boys' Grade A 400m hurdles.

The talented teenager was a student at Yu Chun Keung Memorial College and took the HKCEE last year. He is now a full-time athlete at the Sports Institute.

He was the first runner-up in the 400m hurdles in the second round of the Watsons Water Athletic King Championships 2005 held in mid-April.

Fung took up athletics after taking part in the Summer Youth Training Programme 2001, organised by the Watsons Athletic Club.

Soundbite: 'It feels good to break records. The second time I did it was unexpected.'

From his coach: 'Chun-yu is targeting 53.50 seconds this year,' said Kevin Ankrom, the Sports Institute's head athletics coach. 'I'm sure he can break his junior record. He has a good chance of competing at big events such as the All-China Games and Asian Games in the future.'

Interests: Fung also plays football and badminton.

Ambitions: His main target is to improve his junior record. Other goals are the All-China Games this year and the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.