Duathlon victory is special for quake survivor

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:00am

Timmy Law, a survivor of the recent Christchurch earthquake, says his victory in the 2011 Duathlon Series - Race 3 is truly special. Last Sunday, Law claimed his first title of the year, winning the male elite junior category at Bride's Pool Road, Pat Sin Leng.

Law beat other up-and-coming runners, including Perry Wong, Jason Ng and Jeffrey Tang Ho-fai, who finished second, third and fourth, respectively.

The duathlon comprises a 2.5km run, followed by 20km of cycling, and another 2.5km run to the finish line.

Law, who represented Hong Kong at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, missed the first two races of the series. He was training in Christchurch, New Zealand with elite team members when the quake struck. 'I would like to show my sympathy towards the victims of the Japan earthquake,' said Law. 'I experienced a massive earthquake in Christchurch during my training. I and my senior teammates were all shocked. I could see the destruction in the city first-hand.'

Law is now eyeing the upcoming Aquathon Series competition. 'I have improved my running since I turned professional and I expect to perform well in the aquathon competition,' said Law.

In the female elite junior category, Hilda Choi Yan-yin claimed her second title of this year's series, while her Hong Kong teammate Lam Sin-ching and Wan Tsz-ching came second and third, respectively.

Choi, who claimed three gold medals (Grade A 800m, 1,500m and 4x400m relay) at the Inter-school Athletics Championships last Friday, proved too strong for her rivals in Sunday's race.

The fifth former from Heep Yunn School will represent Hong Kong at the Asian Championships and Asian Cup to be held in Thailand at the end of this month.