Hong Kong high jumper at a low

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 August, 2010, 12:00am

Hong Kong's top high jumper and record holder, Jessica Fung Wai-yee, missed the chance to enter the finals at the ongoing Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Fung finished in 13th place on Wednesday and will now be fighting for a position, not a medal.

Fung, who holds the Hong Kong women's high jump record of 1.78 metres, failed to impress at the sporting showpiece in the Lion City. She passed 1.65m in her first attempt, but it took her three jumps to scale 1.7m. She needed to reach 1.76m to claim a spot in the finals, but she failed in all three attempts.

'I have been waiting for a chance to improve my personal best. I think my form is good enough to achieve that goal, but I failed in the end. I am really looking forward to breaking the record [when I compete for final placings],' said Fung.

Her coach, Chang Yu-ho, said Fung should have done better.

'She almost made it in the first attempt at 1.76m. In my view, she should have had no problem getting into the finals, so both of us are very disappointed,' Chang said.

'Despite the result, I can see she has had more control over her emotions during her time here.'

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's medal drought continued when Jeff Lum Ching-tat came fifth in the finals of the men's 50m freestyle on Wednesday.

Lum clocked 23.11 seconds, just 0.1 second outside his personal best. He said he was very happy with his performance. 'I would like to thank the coach of the Hong Kong swimming team and my parents for their support,' Lum said.

The gold medal went to Andrii Govorov of the Ukraine, who came in at 22.35 seconds.

In windsurfing, Hong Kong's Michael Cheng Chun-leung is in third place after four races, while teammate Crystal Man Ka-kei is ranked ninth.