HONG KONG'S leading distance runner, Roberto De Vido, will take another shot at qualifying for the Atlanta Olympics after he came tantalisingly close to achieving the Games' marathon B standard at the Vigaranomaratona run in Ferrara, Italy. De Vido clocked two hours, 27:27 minutes to narrowly miss out on the Atlanta qualifying time of two hours 25 minutes. Speaking from Rome, De Vido said that if not for calf muscle cramps with just about eight kilometres to go he would have run inside 2:25:00. 'Both the course and weather conditions were good and my half marathon time was 1:11:00 which was well on target for reaching my target of 2:25:00,' he said. 'I was feeling good at the time when the cramps came on and I had to slow right down. 'I hope to have another go in next month's Rotterdam Marathon on April 28.' Apart from De Vido, three other Watson's Athletic Club (WAC) athletes will be on the run next month, hoping to qualify for the Atlanta marathon. Veteran marathoner Winnie Ng, who competed in the inaugural women's marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, runs in the prestigious Boston Marathon on April 14 in an effort to achieve the women's 2:50:00 qualifying standard. Apart from De Vido, Lee Kar-lun will also attempt to qualify in the men's race while Mandy Lo Man-yee will be chasing the women's standard in the Rotterdam Marathon.