Teenager makes his mark as HK athletes bag medals

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 July, 2011, 12:00am


Hong Kong's Liu Tin-wai set a new Hong Kong junior men's decathlon record on the second and final day of the Inter-City Athletic Championships at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground yesterday.

The 18-year-old claimed the bronze medal, finishing behind runaway winner Manuel Lasangue of the Philippines, and Hong Kong record holder Ng Chit-wing in second.

Most of the Hong Kong team members were using the event as a final tune-up for the Asian Athletics Championships, which take place in Kobe, Japan, starting on Thursday.

Some were also using the event as part of their build-up for the World University Games, which take place in Shenzhen next month.

Athletes from across the Asia region participated in the annual event, including talented squads from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and China.

Japanese sprinters took the junior men's 100m, 200m and 400m gold medals, with Yuki Takeshita completing the 200m and 400m double. Singaporean athletes took both gold and silver medals in the men's 100m with Mohd Elfi Bin Mustapha crossing the line ahead of teammate Gary Yeo.

Bin Mustapha ran 10.75 seconds into a head wind to Yeo's 10.79.

Leung Hau-sze (12.31) edged out teammate Chan Ho-yee (12.34) in winning the women's 100m final, with Hui Man-ling (12.62) taking the bronze for a Hong Kong clean sweep of medals.

Poon Pak-yan also brought some local pride to the proceedings by winning the women's 100m hurdles in 14.02 seconds. The talented 21-year-old sprinter ran close to her personal best of 13.92 set earlier this year.