Tsui has the Hong Kong 100m record in his sights

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 May, 2009, 12:00am

Sprinter Tsui Chi-ho is aiming to break a nine-year-old Hong Kong record when he starts in the final leg of the Asian Grand Prix at the new Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground today.

Tsui finished third in the men's 100m in the last two legs - in Suzhou last Saturday and Kunshan on Wednesday - with times of 10.63 and 10.51 seconds. The 19-year-old also steered the Hong Kong team to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay with a time of 39.93 seconds in Kunshan.

'I am sure I can run faster,' said Tsui, Hong Kong's number one junior who set a personal best of 10.43 seconds last year. 'My form has been getting better and better since I turned to full-time training this year and one of my targets to is break the 100m record. There are some good sprinters in the event and they can push me.'

The Hong Kong record of 10.37 seconds was set by Chiang Wai-hung at an All-China meeting in Tianjin in 2000.

Tsui (pictured) has already tested the new sports ground at Tseung Kwan O, winning the 100m when representing Wong Tai Sin district at the Hong Kong Games this month.

Featuring athletes from 21 countries and regions, the three-leg grand prix is one of the biggest events in Asia. Heading the high-profile entry is former world high jump junior champion Svetlana Radzivil of Uzbekistan, who won the title in Beijing three years ago and equalled the Asian record after clearing 1.98 metres in Tashkent last year.

'My form is fine and the weather is fine here, only a little bit wet,' said the 22-year-old. 'I hope to achieve some good results in Hong Kong.'

Radzivil was third in the opening leg in Suzhou with a jump of 1.91m, but won the last leg in Kunshan (1.88m). She will face tough competition from compatriot Dusanova Nadiya, winner of the first, and Yekaterina Yevseyeva of Kazakhstan, who shares the Asian record.

In the men's 110m hurdles, Shi Dongpeng of China will be favourite for the gold medal. The Beijing Olympic Games semi-finalist has won both legs.

The grand prix meeting, which has cost organisers almost HK$1 million, is also a test event for December's East Asian Games.

'The venue opened this month and we need to fine-tune many operations to make it smooth for the EAG in December,' said Kwan Ki, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association. 'There will be two more international events to make further adjustments.'

The event starts at 1.30pm today and admission is free.