Asian Games-bound Alex Fong Lik-sun showed he is back to his best when he came within half-a-second of breaking his own SAR record in the 100 metres backstroke at the Hong Kong Swimming Championships at Kowloon Park Pool on Saturday. Fong, who set an SAR record of 59.71 seconds at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, swam the 100 m race in 1 minute, 0.07 seconds - just 0.36 seconds off the mark. The strong performance is a vindication of Fong's tough training regimen since his decision to focus on the Asian Games, which start at the end of this month in Busan, South Korea. When the Hong Kong team travelled to Japan to compete at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships last month, Fong - who is also a Canto-pop singer - was left at home and ordered to concentrate on his preparations for the Games. Newcomer Sze Hang-yu was the leading female swimmer at the championships. The 14-year-old outshone some of the Asian Games squad members who were reluctant to overstretch themselves with the big event just three weeks away. St Joseph's College student Cheung Kwok-leung was the top male swimmer and continues his impressive build-up to the Games. 'We want to improve on the one medal we won at the Bangkok Asian Games four years ago - Mark Kwok Kin-ming can repeat what he did there (won bronze in the 400 m freestyle) and Sherry Tsai Hiu-wai also has a chance in the 100 m backstroke,' said SAR head coach Chan Yiu-hoi.