Juniors stamp their mark
ZACHARY Moffatt set a national junior record while South China teammate Alex Fong Lik-sun also grabbed a share of the limelight with two marks at the age group swimming gala last weekend.
On a relatively quiet, day because the territory's leading swimmers are away at the Asian Games, it was the South China swimmers coached by Captain Harry Wright who took the honours.
Zachary, 15, won the 50 m backstroke in 30.08 sec to shave 0.39 of a second off the Hong Kong junior record set by Arthur Li Kai-yien seven years ago.
The Hong Kong International School pupil's time, however, was well outside the age group record of 28.84 sec set by Wilson Choy, when he was 17 years old back in 1989.
Zachary showed his versatility by clinching two other gold medals - in the 100 m breaststroke and the 200 m freestyle.
South China clubmate Alex, a 14-year-old St Joseph's College student, was also a triple gold medallist at the one-day meeting with victories in the 50 m backstroke, 100 m breaststroke and 200 m freestyle events.
His winning time of 1:04.79 in the breaststroke race bettered Zachary's age group record of 1:05.64.
Alex also set an age group record for the 200 m individual medley when he stopped the watch at 2:17.38. However, Alex did not get a medal for his effort as he was swimming out of his age division and competing against older boys.
Another South China swimmer to shine was Naoko Ito, who dominated the girls' 10-and-under division with a four-gold haul and setting an age-group mark for the 200 m breaststroke.
She clocked 3:17.62 to shave 1.73 seconds off the record held by Caroline Ng Kar-yan, who is representing Hong Kong at the Hiroshima Asian Games.
The only other record-breaker at the meeting was Pacific Swim Club's Lau Chun-chung, also a triple gold medal winner in the boys' 10-and-under division.
Chun-chung's winning time of 3:09.68 in the 200 m breaststroke was more than 10 minutes inside his own mark.
Anna Kwan Chia-wei was outstanding with four gold in the girls' 11 and 12 years age group, while Kristina Koehler wrapped up three gold in the 13 and 14 years division.
Another triple-gold winner is Tang Ho-yuen in the boys' 11 and 12 years category.
Meanwhile, the women's freestyle relay team bagged Hong Kong's first medal at the Hiroshima Asian Games when they finished third behind China and Japan.
Members of the successful Hong Kong quartet are Katie Lau King-ting, Fenella Ng Gar-loc, Vivien Lee Wing-shih and Robyn Lamsam.