DGS girl sets new record in javelin

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 February, 2009, 12:00am

Two new Hong Kong records were set in the first round of the Hong Kong Athletic League 2009 held at the Wan Chai Sports Ground on February 14 and 15.

Woo Wing-tung, from Diocesan Girls' School (DGS), set a new record in the women's javelin with a throw of 47.22 metres. Wing-tung's latest effort eclipsed her own record of 43.51 metres which she set last year.

Wing-tung said the new record was a positive step towards reaching her target of 50 metres this year.

'The new record has helped boost my confidence,' Wing-tung said.

During practice, she seldom measured her throws, she said.

'My coach told me that I'd reached 47 metres several times in practice.

'But I didn't believe it until I broke the record today.'

Wing-tung said she would practise very hard after the A-levels to qualify for the East Asian Games to be held in Hong Kong in December.

In the men's pole vault, Ng Chit-wing beat his own record when he cleared 4.27 metres - 0.01 metres more than his previous mark.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong record holder Tang Yik-chun won the 200 metres in 21.28 seconds. This was one of his best results since returning from training in the United States.

Tang holds the Hong Kong 200 metres record of 20.94 seconds.

While some Hong Kong record holders excelled, others failed to maintain their winning steak.

Sprinter Wan Kin-yee only finished third in the women's 100 metres final. High jumper Fung Wai-yee also came third with 1.56 metres, 0.22 metres lower than her own record.

The league, organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, comprises five rounds. Round 2 will be held on March 21 and 22, Round 3 on June 6 and 7, and Round 4 on September 19 and 20.

Athletes ranked in the top eight of each event will be invited to the final round on October 25.