Athletes return with a bang
Both boys and girls show top form as they set new records at junior championships
Eighteen records tumbled at the first major competition organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) since the summer holidays.
About 2,200 youngsters took part in the Hong Kong Junior Age Group Athletic Meet 2007 - Race 2 held at the Wan Chai Sports Ground over the weekend.
Many athletes underwent intensive training during the summer vacation and their efforts paid off handsomely.
Lai Chun-ho broke the boys' A1 100-metre record in the heats with a time of 10.49 seconds. The old record (10.64 seconds) was set by Tang Yik-chun in 2005. Later on in the final, Lai improved his mark to 10.46 seconds.
Lui Tsz-hin, of the boys' A1 Category, bettered his own age group record in the high jump (2.01m set last year) with a leap of 2.04m.
Both Lai and Lui will be in confident mood as they head for the sixth National Cities Games to be held in Wuhan later this month.
The girls also gave a brilliant performance.
Loh Mei-sze (girls' A1 Category) broke the age group record in the triple jump on Saturday. The next day, she set a new mark in the long jump with 5.44m to break the old record of 5.22m set by Lai Tsui-shan in 2004.
Yiu Kit-ching, women's junior winner at the Hong Kong Cross Country Championships 2007 earlier this month, established two long-distance records.
Back from a training stint in Yunnan this summer, Yiu clocked 18 minutes, 39.32 seconds in the 5,000 metres. Her time beat the previous best of 18 minutes, 50.81 seconds set in 2005 by Ng Hei-man in the girls' A1 age group.
Yiu was in record-breaking form again, clocking 4 minutes, 52.05 seconds in the 1,500m to erase Ng's previous effort, also made in 2005.
The junior athletes will participate in the last race of the year on November 24 and 25.