athlete of the week
Name Ken Leung King-hung
School CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School
Grade Form Five
Sport Athletics (400m), swimming, football
Ken, 16, of the Watsons Athletic Club, is a 400m runner with Hong Kong's national squad, where he is ranked second over the distance.
He claimed all three gold medals in his events at the Xtep Hong Kong Junior Age Group Athletic Meet 2010. He came third in the men's 400m in both round one and two of the Hong Kong Athletics League, which is also open to senior runners.
Ken won two gold medals (200m and 400m) at the Tuen Mun District Inter-school Athletics Championships and is also the record holder of the B and C grades for the 400m at the same event.
'Since last year I have been more active and took part in more tournaments,' Ken says. 'I participated in the Hong Kong Games in May for the Tuen Mun district and won silver medals in the 400m and 4x400m relay. Even when I'm representing my district - not Hong Kong - I'm still serious about the race.
'On the day of my final at the Games, it rained and my lane was quite wet. I had to be very careful not to slip as I had a big championship coming up in Shandong a few weeks later. But the adverse conditions actually helped me to be well-prepared; I achieved my personal best time at the mainland competition.
'I still swim for my school, but achieve better results running. I had a very clear target when I started running: to be in the Hong Kong team. I have achieved that goal, but I have yet to break my age-group record. I hope to finish the 400m within 49 seconds this year - about one second faster than my current best time.'
From his coach
'Ken was a medal-winning swimmer when he was in Form One. His PE teacher suggested he join the school athletics team, which I coach, four years ago,' says Ko Chi-hang, who is also coach of Watsons Athletic Club. 'I tested his 100m skills and he was not special, but I could see he had good endurance and focused on training him for the 400m.
'I wanted to give him a strong foundation, rather than a fast time before he matured. After more than two and a half years of training, he improved and joined the Hong Kong team this year.'
'Athlete Leung Ki-ho [now aged 23] broke the 400m junior and Hong Kong records at the same time in 2007; he still holds both records. I still have some time before I turn 19 and I hope I can break his records by then,' Ken says.