WAC women's team set relay records

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2005, 12:00am

The women's relay team from Watson's Athletic Club (WAC) set two new records in the 4x1,500 metres relay at the Hong Kong Open Athletic Meet 2005 (Race One) on Sunday.

The event, at Tsing Yi Sports Ground, was organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association.

It was delayed for almost two hours because of heavy rain, but the adverse weather conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 600 athletes.

WAC's Hui Wai-sum, Leung Long-yin, Lo Wing-hei and Tse Yin-ping clocked 20 minutes, 55.68 seconds to take the silver medal.

Pacers Athletic Club took gold with a time of 20 minutes, 41.83 seconds.

However, as some Pacers runners are not Hong Kong nationals, WAC's time was recognised as the new Hong Kong national and junior record.

The old record - 21 minutes, 2.83 seconds - was established by Ng Hei-man, Ma Sze-wai, Ruth Fielder and Yu Kit-ching of the Pacers in May, 2003.

There was keen competition although many of Hong Kong's top athletes were missing, as they were on duty at the Asian Championships in South Korea over the weekend.

In the women's 200m, Hui Man-ling snatched the gold medal with a time of 26.53 seconds. Hui's All-China Youth Championships teammate, Chung Wing-tung, came second 0.84 seconds behind.

In the women's 100m, champion Yeung Man-fung's time of 12.86 seconds gave her a 0.03-second advantage over Natalie Armentrout.

In the men's competition, Chu Wing-tak won the 100m in 11.06 seconds - 0.06 seconds ahead of Lai Ka-pun. Chung Koon-ting narrowly missed second spot - by 0.02 seconds.

In the 200m, Lai Chun-ho clocked an impressive 22.44 seconds to clinch gold, while Genis Chan won the 110m hurdles (15.36 seconds).

Race Two will be held in December.

Meanwhile, at the Asian Championships, Tang Yik-chun came close to winning a bronze medal in the men's 200m.

He timed 21.01 seconds - 0.16 seconds behind China's Yang Yaozu who came third. Saudi Arabian Hamed Al Bishi (20.66 seconds) won the race, followed by Japan's Yoshino Tatsuro (20.68 seconds).