Chan Ho-tung in action in the 1,500m short track competition.Council News
Date : 11 Feb 2019
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation, February 11, 2019: A former Asian Winter Games short track speed skating champion from China is now focused on building up the short track talent in Hong Kong.
Sun Dandan, who won a gold medal in the women’s 3,000m relay at the 1996 AWG in Harbin, is the national head coach of the Hong Kong team here at the 1st Children of Asia Winter Games – one small step on the road to the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.
The 41-year-old Sun knows what it takes to step on the podium at the Winter Olympics, having won silver medals in the women’s 3,000m relay at Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City four years later, and her long-term goal is to coach a gold medallist.
“My biggest disappointment was not winning an Olympic gold, but I have put all that behind me now and my goal is to coach an athlete who will one day win a gold medal,” said Sun, on the sidelines of the short track competition.
“My immediate target, however, is to see Hong Kong qualify in speed skating for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. These Children of Asia Winter Games will be a huge learning curve for this team and I hope they will benefit from this experience,” Sun added.
The NOC of Hong Kong, China has been represented in the Winter Olympics before, both on ice and snow, and there is a growing band of around 100 short track speed skaters, including eight here.
One of them is 14-year-old Chan Ho-tung, who came into the young men’s 1,500m on Saturday with the fastest qualifying time but felt the full force of the mighty Koreans and tough Kazakhs. Chan, a former roller skater, had to settle for a place in the B final, in which he finished fourth.
“I had the best time going into the competition but that meant nothing,” admitted Chan after the event at the Kristall Ice Palace.
“It was a time I achieved last year in a competition in China. It might have been the best – two minutes 25.656 seconds – but this was my first big international competition and against countries like South Korea, who are very strong.”
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