Sprinters fall short in medal hunt

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 July, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong sprinters Tang Yik-chun and Leung Ki-ho failed to grab medals in the men's 200 metres at the Asian Athletics Championship in Amman, Jordan, despite both finishing second in their heats.

Tang finished fourth after posting 21.44 seconds in the final, while Leung, 19, was fifth in 21.46.

Tang ran 21.15 in the qualifying heat. His personal best of 20.94 would have taken the bronze medal. Leung ran close to his personal best time of 21.42 but the competition was too hot.

Japan's Kenji Fujimitsu won the event in 20.85, with Qatar's Alwaleed Abdulla second and Jordan's Khalil Al Hahanahneh third. Abdulla also won bronze in the 100m.

Sydney Olympic 200m bronze medallist Susanthika Jayasinghe from Sri Lanka completed the sprint double by winning the women's 200m with a swift time of 22.99, to add to the 100m gold medal that she won earlier.

Tang Hon-sing failed to make it through to the men's 110m hurdles semi-finals after finishing fourth in his heat with a time of 14.41. The 30-year-old would have had to improve on his own Hong Kong record of 14.32 just to make the final.

The Hong Kong men's 4x100m relay squad qualified second last from the heats, so still had an outside chance of a medal.