Dash, splash, and then some medals

Dash, splash, and then some medals

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Barton Lau
Barton Lau
Photos: Xinhua
Four years ago, the Hong Kong team won 14 swimming medals at the first Asian Youth Games in Singapore.

Unfortunately, the team only brought back one silver and four bronze medals from Nanjing.

On Friday, the final day of the swimming competition, 16-year-old Barton Lau Shiu-yue, a Form Four student at Diocesan Boys' School, won a silver medal in the boys' 50-metre backstroke. He clocked 26.77 seconds in the final - 0.02 seconds slower than champion Won Young-jun from South Korea.

"Even though I ranked second after the 50m backstroke semi-final, I didn't think that I would win a medal, as everyone hid their true ability until the final. So I was pretty shocked when I turned around and saw the results board after the race," said Barton.

"I feel happy that I achieved my new personal best in the 50m backstroke."

Jamie Yeung Zhen-mei, a 16-year-old student from Hong Kong International School, finished third in the girls' 200m breaststroke. Jamie clocked 2 minutes, 34.80 seconds, a personal best for the Grade 10 student.

This was Jamie's second bronze medal at the Games. She won her first in the 100m breaststroke.


Jamie Yeung

Click to see our complete coverage and medals count for the 2013 Asian Youth Games.

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