Juniors do well despite downpour

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 June, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 June, 1994, 12:00am

JUNIOR members of the Watson's Athletic Club (WAC) had a medal harvest at the rain-drenched Guangzhou Mayor Cup Junior Athletics Championships when they brought home six gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

The downpour which plagued the three-day meeting did not dampen the spirits of the Hong Kong youngsters, with Li Vai-kuen most impressive in winning two gold medals at the Tien He Stadium.

Vai-kuen was hardly pushed as he scooted away to an easy victory in the boys' 400 m event with a time of 50.7 seconds, winning the race by more than 30 m despite easing up towards the end. He bagged another gold in the 4 x 400 m relay.

Other boys to strike gold were Cheung Man-lo in the 400 m hurdles and Sham Koon-hung in the 3,000 m, in which teammate Cheung Chi-ming completed a one-two for Hong Kong.

The territory's other golds were from Maggie Chan Man-yee in the 1,500 m run and Eleanor Davis, who won junior girls' 400 m race in a commendable time of 61 sec.

Tang Wing-kin collected a silver in the boys' 800 m event while Alan Cheung was third in the 110 m hurdles.

Wong Man-ting was the silver medallist in the girls' high jump and Florence Lai earned a bronze in javelin.

Former Asian junior champion triathlete Brian Bozarth scaled new heights in his fledgling sporting career when he beat his personal best time over the Olympic distance in Blue Lake, Oregon, US.

Brian, the 1992 Asian junior champion who failed in his title defence because of a bike accident last year, finished the 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run in two hours and 19 seconds.

The result was almost two minutes inside his personal best, also the Asian junior record, set at the Indian Triathlon Championships in Madras four months ago.