On Monday 10th April, Nova Athletics hosted the Sha Tin Easter Grand Prix athletics meet at Ma On Shan sports ground. The event was split into two days, with younger runners competing on day one in Wan Chai, while the age graded Masters battled it out at the Ma On Shan sports ground on Day 2. The event was very well organized and featured electronic times (inside and outside of the track), in addition to the stadium-provided electronic timing system.
Two AVOHK members who recently returned from Torun Poland from the World Masters Athletic Championships Indoor, took part in the Easter Grand Prix event, each breaking 3x Hong Kong age category records. Glory YAU, a W45 sprinter broke records in the 60m, 100m and 400m respectively. Aldo KRIEL an M40 sprinter, broke the 60m, 100m and 200m outdoor records.
YAU ran the 60m in an impressive time of 8.64s, breaking the previous W45 record of 10.62s by a significant margin. She also set a new record in the 100m, finishing with a time of 13.79s and breaking the previous record of 13.97s. YAU’s final record-breaking performance came in the 400m event, where she broke her own record previously set in Japan in 2019, finishing in a time of 1:07.8, improving her previous W45 Hong Kong record of 1:09.73s.
KRIEL ran the 60m in an impressive time of 7.14s, breaking the previous M40 Hong Kong record of 7.8s – this was also a personal best for him in the 60m, and marginally faster than the 7.40s he ran indoors in Torun, Poland. He also set a new record in the 100m, finishing with a time of 11.22s and breaking the previous record of 11.55s which has stood since 2014. KRIEL ran a world class indoor 200m in Poland of 23.74s, placing him 21st in the world masters ranking in the M40 category this year. On Monday 10 April, he improved on this time and ran an impressive 23.31s, breaking the previous Hong Kong M40 record of 23.77s set in 2018.
Both YAU and KRIEL were crowned overall champions in their respective age categories of W45 and M40 at the Easter Grand Prix.
Congratulations to both Glory and Aldo and good luck with upcoming races.