Chan has no time for nostalgia in Hong Kong's finale

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 August, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 August, 1994, 12:00am


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MAGGIE Chan Man-yee brings the curtain down on Hong Kong's 40-year Commonwealth Games experience in the women's 1,500 metres at the Centennial Stadium.

Chan's event will be a few hours before the Games' closing ceremony, but the only statistic she cares about is her time in the final.

The teenager, who broke the Hong Kong national record in the women's 3,000 metres earlier in the Games, is looking to better her 1,500 metres national record of two minutes and 28.88 seconds by at least two seconds.

She said: ''I'm aware that I'll be the last Hong Kong athlete to compete in the Commonwealth Games, but I really have no feelings on it.

''I just want to break my Hong Kong record. I've come here to race and the main thing is that I perform well.'' Chan has the 16th fastest entry time from the 16-woman field, but she is hoping that she can repeat her 3,000 metres performance and keep up with the pace after the first lap.

''It all depends on the early pace. I have to make sure they do not run away from me. If I can do that, then I'm confident of beating my record.'' England's Kelly Holmes has the fastest entry time of 4:01.40.

Chan, who was barely able to walk after the 3,000 metres, was suffering from a slight cold a day after the race, but said she has now recovered and is fully fit.

She clocked 9:37.10 in the 3,000 metres to better her mark by more than nine seconds.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong shooters flew back to the territory after completing their events at Heals Range.

Gilbert U, a former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, ended his association with the event by finishing 21st in the men's individual air pistol.

He shot 557 to finish four shots behind compatriot Li Hao-jian, who was placed joint 15th with Canada's John Rochon and India's Vivek Singh.

Canada's Jean-Pierre Huot took the gold with a 573 in qualification, following it up with a 99.4 in the final and setting a new Games record in the process.

Hong Kong's sole female shooter in the squad, Yu Lai-har, was 15th of 27 competitors in the women's individual air pistol event. She shot 359, failing to qualify for the eight-woman final by eight points.

The best shooting performances in the Games came from Paul Simpson, Li Hao and Wyman Li.

Simpson missed out on a bronze medal by only 1.5 points in the men's individual full-bore rifle prone event, while Li Hao also qualified for the final of the men's rapid-fire competition.

Wyman Li was fourth after the first round of the men's trap event, and although he reached the final, finished fifth.