Diocesan Boys’ (DBS) and Girls’ Schools (DGS) topped the overall championship at the 2016-2017 Division One Inter-school Athletics Competition (Kowloon and Hong Kong Island) today at Wan Chai Sports Ground. DBS won the overall championship for the fifth time in a row by scoring an impressive 468 points, followed by La Salle College and Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School with 432.5 and 240 points respectively.
DGS took home the overall title for the 11th consecutive time by scoring a total of 448 points in the girls’ competition, followed closely by Good Hope School with 435 points. Third place went to Heep Yunn School, tallying up 334 points.
Several records were set at this inter-school competition final. Chan Pui-kei, 16, from Good Hope School, broke two records. She won gold in the A-grade girls’ 100m final with a record-breaking time of 11.85 seconds. She claimed another gold medal and set the A-grade girls’ 200m record with a time of 25.03 seconds, even faster than her previous record time of 25.18 seconds in the earlier semi-finals.
“It was such an exuberant victory for me breaking two new records,” said Pui-kei. “I tried different tactics, decided when or where to accelerate during the races, and chose which one worked best for the final. It proves that my efforts paid off. I can celebrate tonight!”
Ko Ho-long, 18, from St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School, broke the A-grade boys’ Triple Jump with 14.82 metres to win gold.
Yu Chun Keung Memorial College’s Herry Wong Cheuk-hei, 18, won a gold medal in the A-grade boys’ 200m final by clocking an impressive 22.17 seconds. He previously set a new record in the 200m semi-finals with a time of 21.91 seconds. The 18-year-old sprinter said he focused on recovering his leg muscles prior to the finals.
“As the tournament schedule was very tight, I needed to spend enough time on relaxing my leg muscles,” Herry said. “It’s very important to have optimum form in the final if I want to reach the top spots.”
DBS team captains Frankie Fong Leong-sing and Happy Cheng Yat-long said it was exciting to win the overall title as their C-grade boys’ team lacked experience. “We continue to share our experience and boost their confidence prior to their races. Our victories in previous years is a good reminder for them to put every ounce of effort into their races,” they both said.