Men's Open winner Chu Ka Wai.
The very best of Hong Kong's homegrown climbers showed up to battle it out at the 51st Festival of Sport – Hong Kong Youth Sport Climbing Championship & Open Ranking Competition on June 8th 2008.
Men's Open champion Chu Ka Wai (World ranking men's lead 82) lead the way to an easy victory because his most formidable challenger Lai Chi Wai (World ranking men's lead 71 & men's speed 22) severely injured himself in a fall during the semi-final which allowed Chu to take the top podium spot easily. While in the final round of the Women's Open category, there was a nail biting one move difference between able rivals Ng Lai Yin and Chiu Chi Heng, where Ng finally edged one miniscule move higher, clenching the title amidst thundering roars of support from spectators.
In the Men's Amateur category Pen Yi Ping and Yiu Heung from Guang Zhou took 1st and 3rd placement respectively in a fiercely contested final round.
Foul weather conditions halted the championships in the morning, but it cleared quickly allowing climbers and spectators alike to enjoy the fantastic display of climbing prowess at this event organized by the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union (HKMU). Shirman So, Sports Executive of HKMU had this to say: "The route-setting work was hindered by the foul weather, however, our route-setters showed their professionalism to overcome the troubles. Big thanks to their great job. Furthermore, I would also like to express our sincere thanks to all event officials, participants and sponsors, all their efforts contributed made the event success."
Competitors at the 51st Festival of Sport – Hong Kong Youth Sport Climbing Championship & Open Ranking Competition.
The podium places were as follows:Men's open1st Chu Ka Wai 2nd Sun Man Wai 3rd Chow Hing WahWomen's open1st Ng Lai Yin 2nd Chiu Chi Heng 3rd Choi Shun YukMen's amateur1st Peng Yi Ping 2nd Leung Tsz Hing 3rd Yiu Heung Full results, more photos can be found at:hkmu.org.hk and flickr.comSources: Wong Ho Fai, hkmu.org.hk, flickr.com/photos/ho_faifaiDate of competition: June 8, 2008