Local teen breezes to gold at mainland meet

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2005, 12:00am

LOCAL teen sprint sensation Leung Hau-sze won a 100 metres gold medal and steered Hong Kong to a bronze in the girls' 4x100m relay at an age-group competition on the mainland.

The 14-year-old Diocesan Girls' School student flew out of the blocks at the All-China Youth Athletics Championships (age 14-15) in Shandong on Sunday, clocking 12.64 seconds in the 100m.

It wasn't her personal best time, but her effort was good enough to clinch the top honour ahead of some of China's fastest juniors.

The Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association sent a squad of six girls to the competition.

In the 4x100m relay, Hong Kong - represented by Hau-sze, Hui Man-ling, Au Lok-yiu and Tiffany Chung Wing-tung - timed 49.33 seconds to clinch third place.

Later, Kwok Ching-yin raced in the 400m hurdles and Lo Wing-hei in the 800m.

The win will give Hau-sze confidence ahead of the All-China Secondary School Student Games, to be held in Zhengzhou , Henan Province, from August 20-31.

The Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation is sending a 74-strong squad to the multi-sport event, which is held in a different city on the mainland every three years.

More than 3,000 students from 33 provinces and special administrations, including some of China's best young talent, will compete in the games.

Hau-sze, a Hong Kong junior record holder, has also been included in a 12-strong track and field squad for the All-China National Games, to be held in Nanjing from October 14-20. The Games will be the first of several major sports events being held in the region later this year.

National team athletes are also preparing for the East Asian Games in Macau, the Asian Athletics Championships in South Korea and the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.