Young triathletes carry the day on a busy morning
Race 4 of the 2011 Aquathon Series, which was originally scheduled for August 21, was held last Sunday in Discovery Bay.
Several elite junior athletes chose to pull out as the new date clashed with another prestigious event held on the same day at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park at 6am.
Yet competitiveness remained high with two top boy triathletes - Timmy Law Leong-tim and Jason Ng Ka-lok - both on the start list even though they had competed in the earlier event at the park.
The race in the Boys' Elite Junior category started at 10am.
Timmy was ahead in the first 2.5km run and 250m swim, but Jason managed to gain ground on him in the final 2.5km run.
The duo from the Hong Kong junior team were going head to head until the last 800m of the race. Jason managed to muster up some extra strength as he crossed the finish line first. He clocked 22 minutes and 17 seconds against Timmy's 22 minutes and 33 seconds.
Chu Long-san and Chu Siu-lun came third and fourth, respectively.
Jason said he was delighted with his first aquathon race title this year. 'I was exhausted after crossing the finishing line,' he said.
'I used up all my energy in the race. Having two races on the same morning was challenging for me.
'Despite winning the title, what cheered me up was the beautiful scenery at Discovery Bay. It was fascinating for me to compete with such a nice view and weather.'
In the Girls' Elite Junior race, Chan Long-ching came first with a time of 28 minutes and 58 seconds.