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Sports Bulletin Vol.5, 2012


I. Sporting Achievements (1 ¡V 30 April)

II. Other News

Fencing team wins 3 bronze medals at the Asian Fencing Championships

The Hong Kong fencing team won 3 bronze medals at the Asian Fencing Championships held on 22 - 27 April in Wakayama, Japan.

Athlete Event Medal
Cheng Yuk-han,
Ma Cheuk-kwan,
Yeung Chui-ling,
Yeung Hiu-kwan
Women's Epee, Team Bronze
Cheung Siu-lun,
Nicholas Edward Choi,
Chu Wing-hong,
Ngan Kwoon-yat
Men's Foil, Team Bronze
Chang Chi-hin,
Chow Chak-man,
Lam Hin-chung,
Low Ho-tin
Men's Sabre, Team Bronze

From left : Cheng Yuk-han, Ma Cheuk-kwan, Yeung Hiu-kwan,
Yeung Chui-ling

From left : Chu Wing-hong, Ngan Kwoon-yat, Nicholas Edward Choi, Cheung Siu-lun From left : Low Ho-tin, Chow Chak-man, Chang Chi-hin,
Marffy Geza (Fencing Coach, HKSI), Lam Hin-chung

Rowing team wins a silver medal at the Asian Olympic Qualification Regatta

The Hong Kong rowing team won a silver medal at the Asian Olympic Qualification Regatta held on 26 - 29 April in Chung-ju, Korea.

Athlete Event Medal
Leung Chun-shek, Lok Kwan-hoi Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Silver

From left : Leung Chun-shek, So Sau-wah, Lok Kwan-hoi

From left : Leung Chun-shek, Lok Kwan-hoi

Third from left : Lok Kwan-hoi, Leung Chun-shek

Squash team wins 2 medals at the 8th Buler Squash Challenge Cup

The Hong Kong squash team won a gold and a bronze medal at the 8th Buler Squash Challenge Cup held on 17 - 22 April in Hong Kong.

Athlete Event Medal
Chan Ho-ling Women¡¦s Singles Gold
Ho Tze-lok Women¡¦s Singles Bronze

Squash team wins 2 silver medals at the Jordan Junior Open

The Hong Kong squash team won 2 silver medals at the Jordan Junior Open held on 24 - 28 April in Amman, Jordan.

Athlete Event Medal
Lau Tsz-kwan Boys under 17 Silver
Tang Cheuk-yan Boys under 19 Silver

Squash athlete Au Wing-chi wins a bronze medal at the Texas Open

Squash athlete Au Wing-chi won a bronze medal in the Women's Singles event at the Texas Open held on 17 - 22 April in Houston, USA.

Table tennis athlete Jiang Tianyi wins a bronze medal at the GAC TOYOTA (Camry) 25th Table Tennis Asian Cup

Table tennis athlete Jiang Tianyi won a bronze medal in the Men's Singles event at the GAC TOYOTA (Camry) 25th Table Tennis Asian Cup held on 6 - 8 April in Guangzhou, China.

Table tennis athlete Lam Yee-lok wins a silver medal at the KVB Kunlun TTNZ New Zealand Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit

Table tennis athlete Lam Yee-lok won a silver medal in the Junior Girls' Singles event at the KVB Kunlun TTNZ New Zealand Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit held on 19 - 22 April in Auckland, New Zealand.

Table tennis athlete Ko Hang-yee (Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled) wins a silver medal at the China Para Table Tennis Open

Table tennis athlete Ko Hang-yee (Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled) won a silver medal in the Men's TT3 Singles event at the China Para Table Tennis Open held on 21 - 25 April in Beijing, China.

  (Photo provided by the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled)

Tenpin bowling team wins 2 medals at the ABF Tour - Thailand

The Hong Kong tenpin bowling team won a gold and a silver medal at the ABF Tour - Thailand held on 19 April in Bangkok, Thailand.

Athlete Event Medal
Wu Siu-hong Men's Events Gold
Yeung Wai-ki Men's Events Silver
From left : Yeung Wai-ki, Wu Siu-hong Wu Siu-hong
Yeung Wai-ki Wu Siu-hong

Weightlifting athlete Yu Wei-li wins 2 bronze medals at the Asian Weightlifting Championship

Weightlifting athlete Yu Wei-li won a bronze medal each in the Women¡¦s 53 kg Snatch and Women¡¦s 53 kg Category Overall events respectively at the Asian Weightlifting Championship held on 22 - 30 April in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Elite results roundup (1 - 31 March)
  Name Event Position / No. Of Entries
German Junior  Lee Chun-hei, Tam Chun-hei Men's Doubles 3rd/ 50
(8/3/2012, Berlin, Germany)  
  Cheung Ngan-yi, Lee Chun-hei Mixed Doubles 1st/ 51
Tour of Taiwan Wong Kam-po General Classification 2nd/ 94
(10/3/2012, Taiwan)  
Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championship Wong Hiu-ying Women's Vault 2nd/ 26
(13/3/2012, Everett, US)  
  Shek Wai-hung Men's Vault 1st/ 28
HKFC Meco Invitational  Au Chun-ming Men's Singles 3rd/ 23
(12/3/2012, Hong Kong, China)  
Atwater Cup  Chan Ho-ling Women's Singles 3rd/ 24
(20/3/2012, Montreal, Canada)  
CIMB Nicol David KL Open Squash Championships  Au Wing-chi Women's Singles 2nd/ 28
(28/3/2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)  
Table Tennis  
Liebherr World Team Table Tennis Championships Jiang Huajun, Lee Ho-ching, Ng Wing-nam, Tie Yana, Yu Kwok-see Women's Team 3rd/ 90
(25/3/2012, Dortmund, Germany)  
ATF 14U Series  Lo Lok-pui, Sou Ming-chun, Anthony Jackie Tang,Wong Hong-kit Men's Team 2nd/ 11
(28/3/2012, Qatar)  
Tenpin Bowling  
ABF Tour - Tournament of Champions Tseng Tak-hin Men's Events 2nd/ 16
(13/3/2012, Kuwait)  
  Wu Siu-hong Men's Events 1st/ 16
9th Kuwait International Open  Wu Siu-hong Open Masters 3rd/ 38
(15/3/2012, Kuwait)

¡§HKSI Vocational Training Day¡¨ Essay Competition

The Rotary Adopt-A-School Programme ¡§HKSI Vocational Training Day¡¨ was held at the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) on 19 January, which attracted the participation of about 200 students and teachers from 13 primary and secondary schools. An essay competition was specially organised for the event, where the students were invited to share the experience they gained during the visit to the HKSI. Over 40 essays were received from the participants, among which the best works were selected by a judging panel. A ceremony was held on 10 April to present prizes to the winners. For details of the ceremony or to read the winning essays (in Chinese only), please click here.

Angel Wong promotes community harmony

Gymnast Wong Hiu-ying, who has recently qualified for the London 2012 Olympics, was invited to the ¡§International Family Egg Throwing Competition¡¨ at Park Central on 6 April, where she served as a judge and helped promote the importance of community harmony by sharing her competition experience with all guests. Other participants included representatives from Fresh Fish Traders¡¦ School, Christian Zheng Sheng College, Evangelical Lutheran Church, new immigrants and international families.

Wong Hiu-ying Right: Wong Hiu-ying

Yu Chui-yee shares at ING (Hong Kong) Life again

Wheelchair fencer Yu Chui-yee was invited to speak at ING (Hong Kong) Life again on 5 May, following the success of Yu¡¦s sharing with elite practitioners early last year. This time, she shared her story with a group of young and potential agents, and encouraged them to get well prepared for new challenges ahead. All participants were highly appreciative of her dedication to life and sports.

  From left: Yu Chui-yee, Benny Law (Chief Agency Officer, ING (Hong Kong) Life)

Biomechanical monitoring method in cycling training

By Cheung Pak-ming, Sport Biomechanist, HKSI

Cycling is one of the most popular sports in Hong Kong, and it has achieved many remarkable results for the territory in major international competitions. In addition to veteran cyclist Wong Kam-po, many outstanding cyclists have emerged from the Hong Kong cycling team in recent years, such as Chan Chun-hing, Kwok Ho-ting, Lee Wai-sze and Wong Wan-yiu. While athletes¡¦ sports talent plays an important part in their success, science-based training methods are also crucial to enhancing their sporting performance. This article serves to introduce the biomechanical monitoring method used in cycling training and analyse its effectiveness.

Specific strength requirements for different events
There are four major disciplines in cycling competitions, namely track cycling, road racing, mountain bike racing and BMX racing. Track cycling comprises as many as 20 events, with the shortest distance being 200m and the longest 50km. The distance of road racing ranges from a few kilometres to more than 200km, while mountain bike riders often need to race for more than two hours over steep hill roads. From the biomechanical point of view, athletes should possess the necessary specific strength for different events and distances. As different events call for specific requirements, the core of training is to optimise athletes¡¦ specific strength after an all-round development of their basic strength.

Biomechanical monitoring method
From the point of view of biomechanics, the specific strength of a cyclist is reflected from the performance of pedalling cadence and pedalling force, and the pedalling power and riding velocity hence generated. Schoberer Rad Messtechnik (SRM) and WATTBIKE are the most commonly used monitoring equipment in cycling training and competitions worldwide. They can record the work, velocity, pedalling cadence, force and heart rate of a cyclist, as well as environment temperature and altitude. SRM is principally used in actual training or competition conditions, while WATTBIKE is mainly used under a laboratory setting or for specific training.
By means of appropriate instrumentation, the monitoring of athletes¡¦ specific strength training is conducted on four aspects. Firstly, the performance data of athletes are collected during competition; secondly, comparison is made between Hong Kong athletes and other international top athletes; thirdly, training targets are established to improve Hong Kong athletes¡¦ specific strength; lastly, on-site training monitoring is conducted to ensure that the training is appropriate and effective for the athletes.

Enhancing specific strength with interval training
After establishing the target of specific training for an athlete, interval training is applied to enhance the athlete¡¦s specific strength. Based on competition data as target, biomechanics service aims to monitor and ensure the effectiveness of interval training on athletes. An example was the mountain bike event at the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games. Before the Games, data on the race trail, including the slope and distance of the uphill, level and downhill roads, as well as the power, pedalling force and cadence data of Hong Kong cyclist Chan Chun-hing on different sections of the trail (particularly the uphill section), were collected. Specific strength training was designed according to data collected from the race trail. With this performance, he was able to secure the first gold medal in mountain bike events for Hong Kong, reflecting the effectiveness of adopting biomechanical monitoring method in his training.

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The Athlete's clock: how biology and time affect sport performance
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Human muscle fatigue
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