Because of an accident, all wave start times were postponed for an hour. Thanks go to St. John’s Ambulance, without its emergency support, the race wouldn’t be able to go ahead.
Jeanette Wang won a fantastic gold in the Olympic distance 30-34 age group in a time of 2.33.43 with teammate Stephanie Bina to get a stunning silver, coming home in 2.43.42. Jeanette was Sonic’s fastest women in the competition.
|Jeanette 1st, Stephanie 2nd|
Andy Patrick made it a full set for the club when he won bronze in the 50-54 age group Olympic distance in 2.30.33, well ahead of the pack as he sprinted from the water.
|Michael Lam in action|
A smaller-than-usual Sonic contingent competed but mention should go to the following: Koo Dreyfus came in 6th in the 20-24 age group in a time of 2.42.14.
Christopher Tong (40-44 age) came home in a good time of 2.28.31, Eric Chan – 2.37.47, 13thin 45-49 age group with YingHo Lee, just behind in 2.40.02. Teammates Sacha Cheong and Derek Kut Yip Ming spurred each other on to be separated by less than .30 in the 40-44 age group – and Sacha missed his wave start by five minutes. The category saw the most competitors for the club with Gary Tam, T Wong , George Lee, YingHo, Terry Ma and Hing Chong all racing.
Other Sonic representation came from Julius Wang (50-54), Samuel Ajmal (45-49), Simon Jones, Shaun Mullen, Hang Chan and Man Wong (35-39), Samuel Chan (30-34).
|Kim Lai on her first OD race|
In the Sprint category, the best performance of the day was by Tsang Hon Min who came a incredible 8th in 1.29.30 in the 50-54 age group. Our photographer Ryan Tan (On) came home in 7thin the 45-49 age group in a time of 1.26.01, with teammate John Fung in 11th six minutes behind. Other male competitors were Oscar Yung who came 10th in the 20-24 age group, Leo Fai (30-34) and Chung Lau (35-39). The only female sprinter was Sally Rubery who raced in the 35-39 age group.
Special mention should go to coach Kenneth whose leading junior Hong Kong squad performed exceptionally well at the competition.
Let’s hope the organizers do a better job of positioning our club tents next year – unfortunately many of Sonic found it difficult to find our tents.