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Kenyan sets new record in HK Marathon

2019-02-17 HKT 12:10
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  • Kenyan sets new record in HK Marathon
Fastest Hong Kong finisher Hanniel Chow
In Sunday's Hong Kong Marathon Barnabas Kiptum of Kenya set a new record. His time of 2 hours 9 minutes and 21 seconds eclipsed the previous Hong Kong record set in 2012 by over two minutes.

The Kenyan was a clear winner with no challengers in sight when he crossed the finish line at Victoria Park. He said afterwards that a healthy diet and discipline in his training had been the keys to his success.

The women's marathon was won by Volha Mazuronak of Belarus, also in record time.

More than 74,000 people had registered to run, of which 64,700, or 86 percent showed up to race in humid conditions and light rain.

21-year-old Hanniel Chow was the fastest local runner in the full marathon, finishing in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes 57 seconds. He told RTHK that he was able to finish in such a good time because he had a helping hand along the way.

A total of 15 people were sent to hospital, with one runner said to be in a serious condition. And there were 100 reported cases of muscle cramp.

The winners of both the men's and women's races received a US$10,000 bonus to add to their US$65,000 prize for coming in first.