Cheung shows pack clean pair of heels
Joyce Cheung Ting-yan underlined her potential as one of Hong Kong's most promising triathletes with a 26-second victory in the elite junior category in round two of the 2005 Aquathon Series at Kowloon Tsai Park yesterday.
The 17-year-old Form Five student from Tai Po came out of the water in joint first position with Edith Li after the 400-metre swim, but pulled away on the 3.9km run section after a gutsy piece of front running.
'I was quite disappointed with my ninth-place performance in the Asian Triathlon Championships in Singapore at the beginning of the month so I very much wanted to do well here today,' said Cheung.
'I wasn't able to do enough swim training in the build up to the Singapore event because I had to study for school exams. I'm now training six times a week, so I'm actually a lot fitter now than I was a month ago,' said Cheung, who clocked 22:42 for her victory over Kitty Wu. Cheung's gutsy performance seemed in complete contrast to the apparent relaxed attitude of the elite junior men, all of whom had the opportunity to excel, as many of the leading local triathletes are currently in France at an altitude training camp.
A gaggle of competitors came out of the water at the same time and then proceeded to run the three-lap course grouped together, with no one really pushing the pace. With 50 metres to go, John Lam put in a short burst of speed for a sprint finish to cross the line in first place just one second ahead of Ivan Lo, and in a time of 20:42. Lam's apparent delight at victory was short lived, however, as he was then disqualified for failing to collect coloured bands on two of the three laps that provide judges with proof of completing the course.
As such, Lo was elevated to first place with a winning time of 20:43 while Ho king-fun and Chan Hing-kui finishing second and third in 21:03 and 21.14 respectively.