'Veterans' power way to Aquathon win

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 April, 2011, 12:00am


The heat was on during the 2011 Aquathon Series - Race 1 at Kowloon Tsai Park last Sunday.

Participants had to swim 400 metres at the Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool and then run 3.8 kilometres around the edge of the park.

In the Male Elite Junior category, Timmy Law continued his on-fire performance by clocking 14.50 minutes to win another title, having won the Durathon Race last month.

The first runner-up was also a repeat of the Durathon, with Perry Wong Chun-yiu finishing with a time of 15:03.

But it was a surprise when long distance runner Sam Brian Mitchelmore came third, only five seconds after Perry crossed the line. The Form Three student from Diocesan Boys' School was once a member of the national triathlon squad before retiring after several poor performances. He has since focused on running and has declared a comeback from his 'coma'.

'Timmy and Perry are the best junior triathletes in Hong Kong, so I was really touched by my performance today,' Sam said. 'I have been away for years and I really wanted to achieve good results but it didn't work very well before. The bronze medal has certainly boosted my confidence and was good preparation for the upcoming time trial.'

In the Female Elite Junior category, rising star Rani Lam Sin-ching had to bow down to Hilda Choi once again, with Wu Sum-yi third. Hilda clocked 16:29, Rani 16:33 and Sum-yi 16:49.

The worst thing for Rani was not losing to Hilda but twisting her ankle when crossing the finishing line. The pain saw her break down and cry. Despite the injury, Rani was glad to finish second.

'I lagged behind in the swimming and was almost last. I sped up in the run and caught up with the others. That was why I ran out of gas and fell at the finish line,' the Form Five student at Elegantia College said.

Rani was also buoyed by the atmosphere. 'Our category was the first one to start and there were lots of spectators and other athletes sitting in the stands of the pool,' she said. 'It was also a special experience to compete in the 400 metres in the pool because it meant I could see the progress of my competitors, which I can't do in the sea in other races.'

Rani is aiming to be on the podium again in the Aquathon Series - Race 2 at Golden Beach in Tuen Mun next month.

For full results, visit http://www.triathlon.com.hk