HK six on the record trail
SIX of Hong Kong's top athletes head to Manila today for the Asian Championships - with their eyes on records rather than medals.
Such will be the standard set by athletes from across the continent that the territory's head coach, Garry Brown, says setting new national marks will be the realistic priority for the Hong Kong team.
''Our athletes will just have to keep rewriting the record books as they will face very strong opposition from the whole of Asia and cannot realistically hope to win medals at this stage,'' said Brown.
''The athletes have already set 16 records this year and I think Chan Man-yee has an excellent chance of lowering the Hong Kong women's 1,500 metres record even further as well as her own women's junior 3,000 metres record,'' he added.
Other members of the territory's team are hammer thrower Fong Cham-hung , sprinter Ku Wai-ming and high jumper Cheung Yu-ho, together with women's team members Anthea Li Chun-nei in the long jump and triple jump and Kwok Sai-ming in the high jump.
Ku, the Hong Kong record holder in the men's 100 metres with a time of 10.59 seconds, has a good chance of improving that mark against top opposition in Manila.
Li holds both the Hong Kong women's long jump and triple jump records but it is in the latter event she hopes to make most improvement.
She set the existing triple jump record of 12.37 metres in the Philippines earlier this year and looks set to improve on that mark.
And while Fong faces formidable opposition in the men's hammer throw, he should be able to improve on his 49.09 metres Hong Kong record, also set earlier this year in the Philippines.