Records may hold as Kwok triumphs
By JESSIE HUI
HONG KONG will have two new national swimming records if the newest member of the national squad - Mark Kwok Kin-ming - can provide official documents to the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association.
Kwok, training at Mission Viejo International Swimming Complex in California under US national coaches Jack Simon and Bill Rose, bettered two Hong Kong national marks at the Irvine Invitational Meet on May 28 and May 29.
According to the unofficial document sent to the HKASA, Kwok broke the 400 individual medley record, held by Duncan Todd, by two seconds with a swim of four minutes 39.31 seconds.
The 16-year-old proved his ability again in 1,500 metres freestyle by clocking 16 minutes 25.8 seconds - bettering the present mark, held by Matthew McDonald, by 17 seconds.
In other events, Kwok clocked two minutes 9.89 seconds in 200 metres butterfly - five seconds behind the present national record held by Tsang Yee-ming.
He finished the 200 metres freestyle at one minute 57.95 seconds, three seconds slower than Arthur Li Kai-yien's best time.
HKASA sports executive Michelle Wong yesterday said Kwok's records could not be recognised until he provided the association with official documents issued by the committee of the Irvine Meet - an official FINA competition.
Meanwhile, A. de O Sales, President of the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, said yesterday the HKASA had still to submit their Asian Games squad.
He said, therefore he could not comment on whether Kwok, a Hong Kong Identity Card holder, was being considered a Hong Kong athlete or not.