SAR athletes, paddlers provide cheer after early setbacks

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2005, 12:00am

Hong Kong's track athletes set new personal best times, and the girls' table-tennis team beat Anhui province at the All-China Secondary School Student Games in Zhengzhou .

Following disappointing results in soccer and boys' and girls' basketball earlier last week, the SAR needed something to boost their morale.

On Saturday, sprinters Lai Chun-ho and Yau Kwan dug deep to record their best-ever results in the 100 metres and 400m, respectively.

Chun-ho, a student at Nam Wah Catholic Secondary School, timed 11.18 seconds and placed 32nd out of 54 athletes in the sprint event.

Yau, a student at Queen's College, timed 51.15 seconds and placed 44th out of 66 runners.

On Sunday, the girls' table-tennis team of Lee Ho-ching, Lam On-ma, Ng Wing-nam and Au Yuen-mei raised their game to beat Anhui 3-0.

Their victory followed disheartening losses to Jiangsu and Liaoning on Saturday, and defeats for the boys' team at the hands of Liaoning and Hubei . However, the boys' team, featuring Lee Kwun-ngai, Lee Chi-kit, Lee Chung-him and Wong Tak-lung, scored a 3-0 win over regional rivals Macau.

The basketball teams lost to Fujian and Shanxi (boys), and Shandong and Hubei (girls). Both the Hong Kong boys' and girls' teams finished 12th in the competition.

In other results on Sunday, the boys' 4x100m relay team - Yip Siu-keung, Leung Ki-ho, Lai Chun-ho and Yau Kwan - came fifth with a time of 42.03 seconds.

Meanwhile, in the pool, Sze Hang-yu timed an impressive 26.91 seconds in the girls' 50m freestyle, finishing fourth against some of the mainland's best young talent. The girls' 4x100m medley relay team placed fifth in 4 minutes 30.29 seconds.

Hong Kong has sent a 74-member delegation to the Games, which is being held in the capital of Henan province. The multi-sport event has attracted more than 3,000 students from 33 provinces and special administrative regions.