Delay fails to deter athletes
Stories and pictures by SAMUEL WAN
IT was a record-breaking day at the 71st annual athletic meet of St Joseph's College held recently at Wan Chai Sports Ground.
''The athletes just can't wait to demonstrate their ability on the track and field as the original date was washed out by the rain,'' said Mr Wu Wan-kwok, PE teacher of the school.
A total of eight records tumbled as the athletes gave their all at the finals.
Seventh former Andy Yu grabbed the limelight by setting two records. He first clocked 24.04 seconds in the Grade A 200 m and his record jump of 12.54 metres earned him another gold in the triple jump.
Fifth former Lo Ho-pan also rewrote the Grade A long jump record with a powerful leap of 5.55 m.
Representatives of Secondary 4A lived up to the expectations of their supporters by capturing the Grade B title. They attributed the success to their brilliant performance in the relays.
4A runners won both the 4 x 100 m and 4 x 400 m relays in respective record times of 48.68 sec and 4 min 5.97 sec.
Junior runners were not out of the picture either. Nixon Cheung of S2B took the Grade C 400 m in a record time of 59.05 sec.
In the Grade D category, Benny Ching broke the 100 m record in 12.87 sec while Chor Pak-ho smashed the 800 m record in 2 min 34.24 sec. Both helped Secondary 1D to capture the Grade D title.
There was also exciting action in the Grade A 100 m sprint. Tang Wai-kin of S6A just pipped Jude Tam of S5E at the finish to claim the gold in 11.74 sec. Wai-kin's class also won the Grade A overall championship.
Secondary 5A were loudly applauded for their remarkable success in finishing one-two-three in the Grade A 1,500 m.
Principal Brother Thomas gave away the medals and prizes to the winners.
The school won the Division Three inter-school athletic championships last year.
On present form, the St Josephians are in line for top honours in the coming Division Two meet.
Mr Wan is an official of the Hong Kong Schools Sports Council