Three new records were set on day two of the Kowloon and Hong Kong Island Inter-school Athletics Competition (Division One).
The first new record of the day was set by Diocesan Girls’ School (DGS) in the Girls’ C Grade 4x100m Relay. The DGS team smashed the school’s own record during the second heat, where they finished the race in 50.41 seconds, which was 0.81s faster than the previous 4-year-old record.
Chloe Pak Hoi-man, who was the third leg of the team, said they were pleasantly surprised by the result, which is their best time since the team started training together last September.
“We are really happy with the result because our hard work finally paid off,” said the 12-year- old.
Her teammate, and fourth leg on the team, Serena Tang Cheuk-man added they had all thought about the possibility of setting a new record, of course, but primarily focused on just qualifying for the finals safely.
“During the heat, we only wanted to make sure there’s no foul so we'd enter the finals safely, so breaking the record is rather surprising,” said the Form Two student.
Meanwhile in the Girls’ A Grade 4x100m Relay, 2018’s champion Good Hope School also managed to break their own record from a year ago. Led by Jarkarta Asian Games sprinter Chloe Chan Pui-kei, the Good Hope team completed the heat in 48.77s, which was 0.15s faster than their old record.
“All of us are in pretty good shape today. But with a better atmosphere on day three, I believe it will motivate us to run even faster,” said Frances Chu Pui-ching, 17, who was the third leg.
Chloe, who is 18, added they are still around 0.1 seconds away from the target finishing time, but it should not be a challenge for the team as long as the members are well-prepared for the race.
“Some of us didn’t have other races today, so maybe they didn’t do enough warm up exercises. On the final day, however, all of us will be at our top form,” said Chloe.
The last record of the day came from Good Hope School’s high jumper Toby Lai Yan-hei. The 16-year-old won the Girls’ A Grade High Jump event with a new record of 1.74 metres, seizing the gold medal from last year’s winner and record-holder, Cheung Ching-nam of Heep Yunn School.
Despite coming out on top and setting a new record in the event, Toby was not satisfied with her result, because her aim was to reach her personal best of 1.76 metres. She also failed to challenge the bar heights of 1.77m and 1.80m.
“My performance today was not on par, I hope I can push the record higher next year,” said Toby.
By the end of the second day, in the overall boys’ ranking, DBS is in first place with 214 points (enjoying a 61- point lead), followed by La Salle College with 153 points, and Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School with 116 points. In the girls’ overall, Good Hope is ranking first with 197.5 points (with a narrow lead of 3.5 points), which is followed closely by DGS with 194 points, and Heep Yunn School with 160.5 points.