Melanie Ho

Top French rider pulls out

French eventer Jean Teulere has withdrawn Espoir de la Mare from Olympic competition after the horse re-injured himself last weekend.

Friday, 8 August, 2008, 12:00am

Last nine holes at Kau Sai Chau completed

The remaining nine holes of the East course at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Kau Sai Chau Golf Club finally opened to the public yesterday. Nine holes of the long-awaited third course had already opened in late-March due to unprecedented demand for the popular - and only - public course in Hong Kong.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Sabatschus proves he is the hot shot

Olaf Sabatschus of Germany won yesterday's inaugural Ironman China on Hainan Island in a time of eight hours, 52 minutes and 14 seconds. The race - a 3.8km sea swim, 100km bike ride and 42km run - was staged in hot conditions but, despite the bad weather that loomed in the days before, organisers said the race went according to plan.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Row, row, row your boat ... across the Indian Ocean

Nathan would have been more impressed if his teacher, Mick Moran, was swimming and not rowing across the Indian Ocean from Western Australia to Mauritius. As it stood, Nathan, a nine-year old in Moran's learning support centre class, could already point to Moran's start and finish on the classroom globe.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Guinness anyone ... please

Jumbo screens may flash proposals, but people don't come to the sevens to ask the Guinness girls for marriage. Phone numbers, sure.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Sport and art dance along the touchline

In the photograph there is height, movement and forward progress. Long, loose locks fly backwards and a face is gripped with intensity. But are we speaking of the photograph to the left, of two men in pursuit of a third, thigh muscles defined and protruding, eyes intent on the ball?

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

'Little animal' Means a big hit on the pitch

She is the one who sings the songs, whose effusive grunts accompany each tackle and whose eyeliner does not smudge. At 18, she is the baby of the squad, her mother's 'animal' and a self-proclaimed DJ.

Daniella Means ticks off a list of nicknames: Thomas the Tank Engine, the Wall, DJ Dani and from the stands, her mother proudly cheers on her 'little animal'.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

From fat, unfit, couch potato to poster girl for better health - thanks to rugby

If - and granted, it's a big if - the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens desired to transform itself into an advertisement for better health, then maybe the cause would already have its poster child.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Kau Sai Chau lifts the veil on third course

Nine holes of the long-awaited third course at the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course will open next Thursday, with the remaining nine slated to open on April 29.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Dead Men

Dead Men

by Stephen Leather

Hodder & Stoughton, HK$330

10 Feb 2008 - 12:00am



by Richard T. Kelly

Faber & Faber, HK$214

In every sense, Crusaders, the debut novel from Richard T. Kelly, is not light. At a dense 538 pages, it is physically hefty. And though there are humorous moments, the issues of morality render it less of a story of starting a church and more a serious debate about religion and politics.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Stewart's Cloud team win Four Peaks race

Cloud, skippered by Tristan Stewart, won the Aberdeen Boat Club's Four Peaks race in 19 hours and 17 minutes yesterday. The race, which combines sailing and running, was one of the fastest in years as northeasterly winds aided the 15 yachts in dry but cold conditions.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Wong gets gold in China juniors

Hong Kong's Steven Wong won a gold medal at the Chinese Intercity Games (for teenage athletes) in Luoyang, Henan. Wong, 19, easily passed through qualifying and in the final he took a 15-metre lead after the first turn. 'The turns are really open so [it] makes it hard to control your race,' said Wong (pictured), adding that the race itself wasn't difficult, but the course was bumpy.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Less than perfect, but still good enough

Even with his late arrival and a horse that wasn't perfect, Malaysian Quzier Ambak, on Calano, was the winner of the FEI World Cup qualifier in yesterday's Hong Kong international horse show.

After working out Calano on Thursday, Ambak flew back home for the end of Ramadan and did not return to Hong Kong until just a few hours before the start of yesterday's competition.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Ko ready to mix it with the big boys

Jimmy Ko Ming-chak won the UBS Hong Kong Open qualifying tournament at Fanling yesterday to secure a spot against some of the European Tour elite next month. The 19-year-old amateur (pictured) shot a 66 on Monday and 71 yesterday to clinch one of the five berths on offer and also claim the Nick Faldo Series Hong Kong Championship title.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am