Champs take gold again

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am


Once again, the boys from La Salle College took the crown from rivals Diocesan Boys' School on the last day of the Inter-school Athletics Championships (Division 1, HK Island & Kowloon) at Wan Chai Sports Ground. Last year La Salle had a narrow victory, but this year they had a clear lead from day one and won by 31 points last Friday.

La Salle captain Victor Li said every one of the team's athletes contributed to its success. 'All Form Six graduates have to take the mock exam next week, but they were still willing to train hard and give their best performances,' he said. 'Many broke their personal bests and won their events. All this helped our team gain points.'

Victor himself also had revenge in the Grade A boys' javelin event. Last year's second runner-up, this year he took the gold.

In the girls' team event, Good Hope School failed to break Diocesan Girls' School's winning streak as DGS won their sixth overall title in a row.

Key contributions for Good Hope came from 100m and 200m gold medallist Lam On-ki and shot-put gold medallist Florence Ho Yin-chiu. Good Hope beat DGS in Grade A and Grade C, but this was not enough to make up for their 51-point deficit in Grade B.

But On-ki was still impressed by her team's performance. 'This is a good ending for me,' she said. 'Next year I will be a spectator.'

DGS, led by three Form Five students - Angela Li Wai-ting, Dianna Wu Hoi-ting and Pak Lai-ming - said their title win was more difficult this year due to many unexpected injuries and unfortunate events.

In the Grade A girls' 4x400m relay, the baton was dropped during the transfer from first to second runner and the team came third. 'Debbie burst into tears after the race and this made the other relay athletes feel upset,' said Dianna.

'However, our A and C grade teams were not the whole competition, and the girls from B grade did a brilliant job. I want to thank all athletes for sacrificing their lunch time and time after school to prepare for the games.'

Pui Ching Middle School girls' team was promoted to Division One after taking the Division Two overall team title last year. Their Grade A hurdler Lui Lai-yiu successfully saved them from relegation on the final day of competition, capturing both the 100m hurdle and 400m gold medals. She also contributed a total of 26 points to their score.

'It was unbelievable breaking the 400m record as it is not my major event,' Lai-yiu said. 'My major competitor Chan Yee-ki from DGS put pressure on me in the race.'

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