La Salle ends DBS' domination

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am

La Salle College ended a seven-year domination by Diocesan Boys' School (DBS) to claim the boys' team title at the Division One Inter-school Athletics Championships (Hong Kong Island and Kowloon) last Friday.

Among the girls, however, it was the same old story. Diocesan Girls' School (DGS) edged out Good Hope School to win their fifth team title in a row at Wan Chai Sports Ground.

It was a close finish between defending champions DBS and La Salle, with the supporters of both teams kept busy calculating the points after each race.

Among La Salle's stars was their Grade A captain Matthew Pang Ying-kit who won gold medals in the long jump, triple jump and 4x100-metre relay.

'I wasn't at my best in field events and I only overtook my rival in the last jump of the triple jump event to claim the title. In the 4x100m relay, Ng Wah Catholic Secondary School was the fastest team in the heats but we did our very best to win the final,' said Matthew. His relay teammate, Kelvin Tsu Ka-chun, also won a gold in the 200m and a bronze in the 100m.

The turning point was the 4x400m Grade B relay. La Salle's Leo Li, Alfred Chan Hon-man, Justin Yuen Kin-long and Martin Lee Ho-ching won, helping their school overtake DBS with one race to go.

There was excitement and tension as runners lined up for the final 4x400m Grade A relay. But La Salle were not be denied, as Andrew Keswani, Fong Pak-lun, Jason Ng Ka-lok and Chan Kai-pan sped to victory, sparking massive celebrations among their schoolmates.

The four La Salle runners immediately took off their team uniforms and wore red T-shirts with the slogan, 'La Salle, We are the Champions'.

DGS led Good Hope School by just 6.5 points before the afternoon session started, but won comfortably in the end.

Hui Man-ling, a sixth former at DGS, won three gold medals - in the 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay.

Fifth former Leona Chak praised the girls' performance in the relay events. 'We were so nervous because any one of the relay races could have affected the final result,' Leona said.

Good Hope School's captain and 100m gold medallist Lam On-ki said her team had done their best. 'Our team had to overcome a huge deficit after day one of the [three-day] competition. But we never gave up and we were really close to DGS today. I am sure we will win the title next year,' said On-ki.