Another milestone on road to glory for young Olympic hopeful
DANIEL Lee Chi-wo celebrated his selection for the Olympic Distance Triathlon World Championships in New Zealand with a commendable victory in the Hong Kong Ironkids.
The 17-year-old covered the 400 metres swim, 12 km bike ride and four-kilometre run in 41 minutes and 22.80 seconds to beat Shajjan Rajbunshi, runner-up in the 17 to 19 years division, by more than four minutes.
James Endicott, who has also been picked for the New Zealand race next week, finished second overall to Daniel in 42:24.30 to win the 15 and 16 years age group.
Another youngster to shine was Anatol Schweizer who came second to James in 44:10.20 for third position overall. Rebecca Hawkes was most outstanding among the girls, winning the 15 and 16 years category in 55:10.40.
Mark Bailey shrugged off stiff challenge from Albert Hau Yuen-cheung to win the boys' 13 and 14 years age division by less than three seconds with third-placed Yiu Yu-kei also putting in a strong showing. James Hutch was first in the 11 and 12 years division.
Christine Bailey, competing in the girls' 11 and 12 years section, posted a very encouraging time of 34:26.40 which was less than six seconds behind 13-14 champion Kira Brownlee.
Alexandro Debiasi was in a class of his own among the younger competitors who raced over the shortened course of 100 m swim, four-kilometre bike race and 800 m run.
Lee Ling-chun won the boys' seven and eight years category while Sarah Shuttleworth was top among the girls.
Teenager Graham Parker showed he is a world class bowler in the making with two memorable results in the singles event of the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic.
The King George V School student stunned the crowd at the Craigengower Cricket Club with a 25-15 win over his school teacher Bill McMahon in his first international match.
Graham, 15, led all the way to beat experienced McMahon, a former national champion and a full-fledged Hong Kong international, most convincingly.
And to add another feather to his cap, Kowloon Cricket Club's Graham followed it up with a 25-22 win over Welsh international Will Thomas in his second round match.
However, the talented youngster's glory trail came to an end when he was narrowly pipped 25-23 by Stephen Lo of China Light.