The festive Bun Scrambling Competition, the finale of the 2010 Bun Carnival, was completed early this morning (May 22) at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground on Cheung Chau with 1,500 spectators attending.
After an exciting competition, the championship of the men's team went to Mr Kwok Ka-ming, who scored 939 marks. The first runner-up, Mr Ho Sin-fai, scored 836 marks. The second runner-up was Mr Chung Yuk-chuen, who scored 788 marks. The winner of the women's team introduced in this year's competition was Ms Wong Ka-yan who got 603 marks.
Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing, kicked off the competition by hitting a gong after which the nine male and three female finalists started climbing the 14-metre-tall bun tower to snatch as many buns as they could in three minutes.
Divided into three zones, the bun tower was studded with buns from top to bottom, with each bun carrying nine, three and one marks respectively in each zone. The bottom of the buns had special colour stamps for identification. The contestant who scored the highest marks from all the buns grabbed was the champion. Results of the men's team and the women's team were ranked separately.
Teams from Macau, Guangzhou and Shenzhen competed in the invitation relay against teams from Cheung Chau. Two members of each team had to get specified buns on the bun tower in relay in the shortest time. The Petrel Athletic Association won the championship in 2 minutes and 6.52 seconds while Wing Kai Far Pau Association Ltd was the first runner-up in a time of 2 minutes and 7.98 seconds. The second runner-up, Spirit Sports Association, took 2 minutes and 44.29 seconds to finish the race.
The 2010 Bun Carnival is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and is co-organised by Cheung Chau Wai Chiu County Association Limited, the Cheung Chau Rural Committee, the Islands District Office and the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union, and sponsored by Lukfook Jewellery, Watsons Water and the Islands District Council.
Ends/Saturday, May 22, 2010
The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing, beating a gong to kick start the competition.
Officiating guests posing with winners (back row from right: Mr Ho Sin-fai; Mr Kwok Ka-ming; Mr Chung Yuk-chuen; and Ms Wong Ka-yan).
Snatching the buns with the highest scores, Mr Kwok Ka-ming (contestant no. 2) becomes the winner in the men's team.
Ms Wong Ka-yan (third from left; contestant no. 10) becomes the winner by out-beating other contestants in the women's team of the Bun Scrambling Competition.