- Hong Kong’s only international urban triathlon was successfully held for the second year
- On a larger scale, the event gathered close to 400 athletes aged from eight to 50-plus
- Ivan Ching-hin Lo (Hong Kong) and Lorna Hoi (Macau) came first in the Elite Men’s and Women’s categories
- At only 10 and 9, Nick Tak-Long Yip and Tamsin Liberty Dales won championships in the Super Star Triathlon
Organised by AQUAWIZ and title-sponsored by New World Development Company Limited (“New World Group”), New World International Triathlon 2014, Hong Kong’s only international urban triathlon, was successfully held today for the second year. Set against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour and Tsim Sha Tsui East, the event gathered close to 400 athletes, including 10 from the Olympics and Asian Games, to vie for the top titles. Ivan Ching-hin Lo (Hong Kong) and Lorna Hoi (Macau) were the first to cross the finish line at the Avenue of Stars and won championships in the Men’s and Women’s Elite categories respectively.
The much-anticipated Elite category kicked off at 9:30am, with Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, Chung Kong-Mo, Chairman of Yau Tsim Mong District Council, Gary Chen, Executive Director and Joint General Manager of New World Development Company Limited, Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group and Genevieve Pong, Co-founder of AQUAWIZ officiating at the gunfire ceremony. Elite and Turbo Triathlon participants began with a 1.2-km swim at the Victoria Harbour, followed by a 32.27-km cycling stint along Princess Margaret Road Link, Hung Hom Bypass and Salisbury Road. The 7.58-km running segment along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade wrapped up the triathlon, towards the end of Avenue of Stars as the finishing point.
In the Elite Men’s category, Ivan Lo (Hong Kong) finished first in 01:34:33, while Lorna Hoi (Macau) garnered the championship of the Elite Women’s category in 01:45:40. The newly introduced Super Star Triathlon saw Nick Tak-long Yip (aged 10) and Tamsin Liberty Dales (aged 9) finished a 300-m swim, 10-km cycling race and a 2.5-km run in 00:36:43 and 00:42:39 respectively to take the Men’s and Women’s top titles.
Genevieve Pong, Co-founder of AQUAWIZ, said, “It is our pleasure to stage New World International Triathlon in Tsim Sha Tsui again. The event gathered Olympians in Hong Kong for the race, raising triathlon standards on an international level. We believe this event will have a positive impact on local athletes and sports development. With safety being the top priority, we enhanced the race route and contestants’ safety awareness. We hope to draw more triathlon enthusiasts and popularise this sporting event.”
Gary Chen, Executive Director and Joint General Manager of New World Development Company Limited, said, “As the title sponsor of New World International Triathlon for the second year, we are thrilled to give Hong Kong people the opportunity to witness a strong field of overseas and local contestants competing along the Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront, while promoting perseverance and determination in the community. With our continued support for sustainable development of local sports, the newly introduced Super Star Triathlon will help foster young triathletes. We look forward to bringing more iconic events to add vibrancy to Hong Kong.”
Full results of New World International Triathlon 2014 will be available at the New World International Triathlon website www.newworldtriathlon.hk
About New World Development Company Limited
Founded in 1970, New World Development Company Limited ("New World Group", Stock Code: 17.HK) was publicly listed in Hong Kong in 1972 and is a constituent stock of the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index. A diversified holding company with a focus on property development, New World Group’s core business areas include property development, infrastructure and service, department stores and hotels. As at 31 December 2013, the total asset value of the Group amounted to HK$354.7 billion.
AQUAWIZ is dedicated to promoting the sport of triathlon and the spirit of triathletes in Hong Kong. The company organises multi-sport events primarily in the territory and aim to provide the safest and fairest races for athletes. Our series events include the Hong Kong Aquathlon Series and Aquawiz Open Water Swim Series.