Even new Hong Kong records were not enough for the SAR's rowers yesterday, as both singles and double scullers narrowly lost out on semi-final berths at the world championships in Gifu, Japan. Law Hiu-fung broke his own record by over three seconds and became the first Hong Kong single sculler to breach the seven minute mark at his repechage race yesterday - a trial heat that allows rowers who lost a previous heat to qualify for the semi-finals. Law had gotten off to an uncharacteristically quick start and was in the leading pack with Japan's Kazushige Ura, Edgar Nanne of Guatemala and Denmark's Jacob Moeller. He and Moeller started losing steam after the half-way mark, however, as Ura and Nanne opened up a three-second lead. Law, exhausted during the final sprint, only managed to limp the last 20 strokes to the line to finish fourth with a time of 6:57.61. Ura, who set a world record of 6:46.52, took the first qualifying place with Nanne taking the other. Coach Chris Perry said he was delighted with Law's race despite the fact that he was not able to advance. 'Law rowed his best race of the season and I could not have asked for more,' said Perry, 'He has struggled to make fast starts this season but this time he really got off to a flyer and was in the pack all the way until the last 250 meters.' 'For a young athlete it was a great effort and a well-deserved new record,' Perry added. So Sau-wah and Lo Ting-wai, the men's lightweight double scull, also broke the SAR record by nearly three seconds at their repechage race. The pair clocked 6:27.83, but finished third and narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot.