12th Launch8 Tolo Harbour 10K Race (Sundae Lam)
12th Launch8 Tolo Harbour 10K Race (Sundae Lam)
Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon (HKRun)
Mizuno Hong Kong Half Marathon 2017 (Coey Yuen)
ASICS Hong Kong Island 10K City Race (Cheng Chung Lin)
Sportshouse Hong Kong 10K Challenge (Vic Hui)
Chung Hing Cup 2017 (wmhy)
AQUARIUS TWAC Chairman Memorial 10K Race (Meimei Chan)
AQUARIUS TWAC Chairman Memorial 10K Race (Coey Yuen)
2017 AQUARIUS TWAC Chairman Memorial Cup 10K Evening Race (Kenneth Kwok)

New Hong Kong Record

Jessica Ching broke the Hong Kong 20K walk record last weekend in a race in the US. Her time, 1:35:38, is 22 seconds under the Olympic qualifying standard, but qualification can only be achieved in certain races, and this wasn't one of them. She's left it late, but she is entered in a couple of more qualifying races before the deadline. It now seems she may make it.

Bill Purves

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Re: New Hong Kong Record

INCREDIBLE! congratulations to Jessica!
That is faster than my Half Marathon personal best running full speed! lol! hahahah :)
Sorry to hear that she hasn't yet met qualification requirements (how comes? What other requirement was there?)

Good luck for the upcoming races!!!

Re: New Hong Kong Record

For both the marathon and the walks, qualifying performances must be set in one of a certain set of races specified on the IAAF website. In the case of Jessica's race, the judges were US national judges, not qualified to the IAAF's international standard (as Echo Yeung and Fung Wang Tak are), and the IAAF has no assurance that the course was measured properly. It's good enough for a Hong Kong record, though.

The Hong Kong relay team qualified for the Sydney Olympics with a time from an obscure meet in China which they were never able to duplicate elsewhere before Sydney. The HK coach at the time had lots of friends in China, so the time has always been suspect (at least to me). The qualifying procedure has been tightened up a lot since then, and the London team really qualified with duplicate performances.

Bill Purves

Re: Ching Second at Naumburg

Jessica Ching continues to chase an Olympic qualifier on the European circuit. She was second at International Racewalking Naumberg yesterday, the best result ever for Hong Kong at one of these IAAF international permit meetings. That should move her up to super-elite status at the Sports Institute, but her 1:36:49 for 20K is still 49 seconds (about 150m) over the standard. 150m is not much after 20K, but she's running out of chances to get it.

Bill Purves

Re: Ching Silver in the British Olympic Trials

Jessica Ching was second in the British Olympic Trials yesterday in Leeds, but she still didn't get the selection standard. She has one more chance in Lithuania before the deadline.

Bill Purves