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Veterans' World Championships in Perth

We are now recruiting the Hong Kong team for the veterans' world championships in Perth October 25 to November 6. This meet has a cross country (8K) plus a marathon and half marathon and all the usual track and field events. All competition is in 5-year age groups starting from 35. You can read all the details at www.perth2016.com

We already have 15 signed up for the Hong Kong team and we have found some accommodation at less than HK$300/night. Air Asia flies to Perth via KL.

Entries are online and don't close until late August, but if you would like to get on the mailing list for all the latest information from the Hong Kong team, just send an email to shtb AT the i-cable email address.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships in Perth

It seems that the world championships will clash with our local Hong Kong Masters' Athletics Meet this year. Most people may find that meet more suitable, but distance runners in particular should consider going to Perth instead. The longest events at the HKMAM are a 3000m and a 3000walk. Perth has three walks, a 10,000m, a cross country and a marathon or half-marathon.

We spoke with the organisers at the Singapore meet and they are promising free transportation throughout the city during the meet. It will be a good chance to see Perth and enjoy some Australian wine.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships in Perth

Entries have closed, and we will have 22 on our Hong Kong team -- 11 men and 11 women. The list is posted on the Hong Kong Masters Runner page on Facebook.

Though it's too late to enter, more cheerleaders are always welcome.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships Day 1

Fabulous weather in Perth: dry, cool and sunny.

A big opening ceremony on the waterfront last evening. Two good bands, but without Therry Wong and Alice Lok to lead the dancing, the rest of the world didn't really get into the dancing spirit.

Racewalking this morning at Erin Clark stadium. Very high standard. The first race won by Olympic champion Christoph Hohne (Google him). The second won by Don Jameson, IAAF Athlete of the Year a couple of years ago. Our own Sahn Hahng Tai Bo could only finish 12th of 17 with a time which won the China and Taiwan championships.

Eric Tsang starter for the 100 heats at the main stadium today.

Re: Veterans' World Championships Day 2

No races for the HK team on day 2, but a world record in the W50 women's walk. You can watch live streaming of some events on the Perth2016 website.

Went bushwalking. The weather remains excellent.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships Day 3

More than 4000 athletes in this meet, from 96 countries. Several more from HK arrived yesterday and we spent some time checking out the racewalking course. Another big group takes the night flight tonight.
Spent the afternoon at the stadium watching the 100 semis and 800 finals, where Eric was on the start team. The M65s were all under 2:30 for 800, and the M50s were around 2:00. Very competitive races, since all the slower runners had been weeded out in the heats and those left in the final were all in with a chance until the last 150m. Detailed results are on the web, along with live streaming (though not of the racewalks, I fear). Perth and HK are in the same time zone.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships Day 4

After a very successful meet at Wanchai yesterday, most of the rest of our team stumbled off the overnight flight early this morning.

WMA has expelled Kenya for not responding to their emails and supporting their athletes' entries to WMA events. Russia is already suspended because of the IAAF doping problems.

Re: Veterans' World Championships MEDAL BARRAGE!!

Four medals for HK in the team competition of the 10K walk! Everyone got a medal but me. World championship medals are not easy to get, but Perth is so remote that only the best from Europe and North America made the trip. That left most countries with too few competitors to make up teams in all of the age categories. Australia hoovered up many of the medals, but a few were left over for our relatively large squad of walkers. The Americans were particularly peeved to be beaten by tiny Hong Kong in the M55 competition. Big congratulations.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships Day 6

No medals yesterday, but some promising results. Willie Kung is our only defending world medallist from Lyon. In the long jump qualifiers he fouled his first jump, then unleashed a PB which proved to be the longest jump of the qualifying round. So he jumps last in the finals Friday.

Mick Wong also shone today in the heats of the 400m. He was drawn with the Japanese guy who beat him in Singapore and a couple of Americans. He was leading the race after 100m, but the Americans came back to take the automatic spots. Mick qualified for the semis among a whole group with times within a second of each other. He was very satisfied both because his qualifying time was a PB and especially because he beat the Japanese guy.

So both have all to play for on Friday.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships GOLD !!

Willie Kung is the M55 long jump world champion. He joins Yip Lung Ming and Yuko Gordon as only the third world champion ever from Hong Kong.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships GOLD !!

The other exciting race yesterday was Mick Wong in the 400m semis. He led his semi for the first 200 and crossed the line in a blanket finish with 4 others, all in 53 seconds. His time was a PB, but the 8th qualifier for the final was just under 53, so Mick didn't go through.

We finished the day with a group dinner and a bottle of Australian wine to congratulate Willie.

Bill Purves

Re: Veterans' World Championships GOLD !!

Willie is now ranked second in the world among 539 M55 long jumpers. His 6.06m would have been an Asian veterans' record except for wind above the limit.

Bill Purves