Team spirit at Youth Olympics

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 August, 2010, 12:00am

A large number of junior athletes came out to support Timmy Law Leung-tim at the men's triathlon at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Monday.

Timmy finished in 25th place but posted the third best time of all Asian athletes in the race.

The supporters, Hong Kong's junior triathlon elite, were very enthusiastic in their cheering.

'We work together with the coach to remind Timmy to keep his running posture correct and give him the latest updates on the rankings,' said Cheung Tsz-hei, a 16-year-old athlete with the team.

Vincci Hui wai-sum, 17, competed in the women's triathlon earlier, placing No 17.

The cheering and support proved to be inspiring for Timmy, 16. He posted a time of 58:55 - a personal best - finishing behind Cheng Ru from China and Lee Ji-hong from South Korea in the ranking of Asian athletes in the race. New Zealand's Aaron Barclay came first with a time of 54:41.

Law burst into tears after the race.

'I was leading the Korean triathlete when I started running,' Timmy said. 'Running seems to be my weakest link. It was really a close race towards the end, but I was not able to hold my ground against the Korean. It is really disappointing as I had a strong chance to finish No 2 in Asia. But I still reached my target of getting into the top three in Asia.'

Coach Wan Shu-wah said he was very happy with Timmy's performance.

'He was able to keep up with the main pack and didn't drop out for a single minute during the competition. I think he tried his best,' Wan said. He said the performances by Timmy and Vincci provided inspiration for the entire team.

Leo Li Tsz-hei, a triathlete who was part of the cheering group, said: 'We learned about team spirit at the YOG. Vincci and Timmy gave their best, with their own effort and our cheering. At the same time, I like the atmosphere of the race. This really makes me want to take part in the Olympic Games.'