A new Hong Kong hammer-throw record yesterday saw the Xtep Hong Kong Athletic League season end on a high note.
Lam Wai broke the 60-metre barrier for the first time with his final throw of the competition to break the record of 59.36 metres he set in early June this year. The 22-year-old student from Tin Shui Wai established a new mark of 60.04 metres to add a further 70cm to his former record.
"That was a great way to finish off the competition - a new record with the final throw," said Wai, who competes for Watson's Athletic Club.
Junior runner Chan Yan-lam also had a dream finish to the year by taking the men's 100m and 200m sprint double. Lam won the 100m by the narrowest of margins during the morning finals when his dip for the line saw him clock 10.90 seconds to edge Yip Siu-keung by just 0.01 seconds.
Chan, 18, then reappeared after the lunch break like a man on a mission and saw off the 200m favourite Leung Ki-ho, again with the dip on the finish line. Chan said he was disappointed with his time of 22.27 seconds. However, he was running into a headwind of 2.3 metres per second. "This was the first time I've beaten Leung, so it was a very special race for me," said Chan, a student at Diocesan Boys' School.
Lam On-ki took full advantage of the no-show by Olympian sprinter and hot favourite Fong Yee-pui to win the women's 100m competition.
Lam, who is in the first year of a four-year surveying degree at Polytechnic University, said she was doubly pleased with her win because she has devoted much of her free time this year to studying for exams at the expense of her training.
"I normally train six days a week, but this year I had to reduce that to just two days a week so that I could concentrate on studying for my exams," Lam, 20, said. "I think next year will be much better and I will be able to train properly. I'm very much looking forward to the East Asian Games in Tianjin and the All-China Games."