Sprinter Tang Yik-chun will spearhead an eight-strong men's squad at the forthcoming Asian Championships as track and field aims to win back its elite status at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Chiang Wai-hung, Lau Yu-leong, Wong Ka-chun, Yip Siu-keung and Tang will form the 4x100 metres relay squad, an event in which Hong Kong traditionally do well. Other members include hurdler Tang Hon-sing, and sprinters Lai Chun-ho and Leung Ki-ho. The championships take place from July 25-29 in Irbid, Jordan. 'We have high hopes for the relay team and I hope they can reach the final at the Asian event,' said Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association chairman Eric Lee Chi-wing yesterday. 'Judging by their recent performance, they stand a good chance of making it.' The quartet of Tang, Lau, Wong and Chiang won the 4x100 metres relay on the second day of the Inter-City Championships at Wan Chai Sports Ground yesterday with a time of 40.48 seconds. Taiwan were second in 40.70, while third place went to Singapore, who finished in 41.13. Lee was impressed by the performance of Tang in winning the men's 200 metres on Saturday. The chairman said it was hoped Tang's 200m race at the Asian Championships would be another effort that would help them regain elite status. Athletics is one of the disciplines set to be stripped of elite status and the benefits which go along with that status, because of poor performances over the past four years. A finish in the top third of the field in two events at the Asian Championships would set athletics well on its way to rehabilitation. Tang, however, failed to make the final of yesterday's 100 metres. Although he won his heat, his time of 10.80 seconds was not good enough to earn him a place in the final. The women's team for the Asian Championships comprises four sprinters - Wan Kin-yee, Chan Ho-yee, Tang Uen-shan and Natalie Armentrout - who will compete in the 4x100 metres relay and other sprints. Wan came second in the women's 100 metres yesterday in 11.94 seconds. Siti Fatima Mohamad of Malaysia won in 11.91, while Thai Jintara Seangdee was third in 11.96.