Juniors steal spotlight
Several junior athletes produced promising performances at the Bank of China Festival of Sport Open Meet at Wan Chai Sports Ground yesterday.
Wong Hiu-yan led the way, with a leap of 5.91 metres in the women's long jump competition. Wong's opening jump was just 7cm shy of the Hong Kong junior record.
Both the men's and women's long jump competitions were drawn-out affairs because of the large number of competitors in each event. The men's featured 48 entrants, while the women's comprised 56.
Leading long jumper Terry Tsui Yun-yung had to settle for second place behind Tse Kai-ming, who added 2cms to his personal best after producing a winning jump of 7.13m. Tsui was frustrated by the wait of almost an hour between each jump in the preliminary rounds due to the number of competitors.
Another notable junior performance came from Leung Ki-ho, who finished ahead of Hong Kong record-holder Leung Tat-wai in the men's 400m. Junior thrower Leung Hoi-kit won the men's discus event with a throw of 40.65m. Sprint queen Wan Kin-yee kept a firm hold on her 100m record with a time of 12.01 to win the women's final.
High hurdles king Tang Hon-sing also kept the juniors at bay and came within 0.1 seconds of his Hong Kong 110m hurdles record.
Charlotte Cutler showed she would be a force to be reckoned with in the women's middle-distance events after victory in the 1,500m, where she finished 19 seconds ahead of fellow newcomer Jane Hodgskin.
Lee Ka-shun broke the Hong Kong junior record in the women's hammer throw with a distance of 39.12m, 0.46m further than the old mark. In the infrequently contested 4 x 1,500m relay event, a team of junior girls from Watson's AC broke both the senior and the junior record with a time of 20:38.80.