The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013
concluded successfully on Sunday, delivering a fascinating race
marked by fierce battles between the elite athletes and a record
high number of runners taking part. [See:
Pictures of the 2013 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon]
Once the Honourable Leung Chun-ying, Chief
Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, had
fired the starting-gun, thousands of Marathon runners
simultaneously took their first steps of the 42.195km race.
Following its upgrade to Silver Label Road Race
status by the International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF), the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 attracted
elite runners from 23 countries.
After two years of rehearsals
and reversals, Julius Maisei of Kenya got it right the third time,
and won the 17th edition of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong
Marathon on Sunday morning, in 2:14:18. Maisei had finished second
in 2011 and 2012, albeit just few seconds behind the winner last
year. But when he again found himself in company with three
kilometres to run, he took off in what would normally have been
described as a finishing sprint. It was enough to carry him clear
of his pursuers - colleague James Kariuki Mbugua and Ethiopian
Deribe Robi who respectively clocked 2:14:28 in second place and
2:14:37 in third place.
"I was getting stressed with so many
people being in the group. I was wondering when they were going to
break up. I was feeling strong, but I just didn't know about the
others. At about 39 and a half, I could see the 40k marker, I
decided to move. I thought if they catch me now, they deserve to
win." But it wasn't to be, and Maisei duly won the coveted
increased first prize of US$57,000.
Misiker Demissie had
little trouble emulating herself in winning the women's race, in
2:30:49, just over half a minute slower than the course record
2:30:12 she set in winning last year. "It was windy, it was very
hard, because it was in the face a lot," she said immediately
after securing her US$57,000. "I felt good, and confident, and now
I feel very happy."
Demissie's compatriot Makda Harun got the
better of North Korean Kim Kum Ok, to finish second in 2.31.20.
Kim finished third in 2:32:21, but that also won her the
concurrent 14th Asian Marathon Championships title, thus emulating
her victory the last time it was held in Hong Kong, in 2008. Kumi
Ogura of Japan finished second in the time of 2:35:02 while
Kirghizistan runner Andreeva luliia followed in third place with
In the men's race, the favourite, Ser-Od Bat-Ochir,
from Mongolia, won the Asian title in a time of 2:17:56, almost
two minutes and a half minute ahead of first runner up Anoley
Petrov from Uzebekistan and four minutes and a half ahead of third
runner up Janpanese runner Kenzo Kawabata.
Koyama Yuta of
Japan won the men's Half Marathon race in 1:08:49. Followed by
Hong Kong runner Kiprotich Thomas and Duenas John Philip of
Hong Kong runner Yiu Kit Ching successfully
defended her title finishing 1:20:47 in women's Half Marathon
race. For the runners-up, Hodgskin Jane beat another Hong Kong
runner Cheung Hoi Wah Sarah with less than a minute.
Defending champion Chan Ka Ho of Hong Kong finished second this
year in the men's 10km, beaten by Australian Clinton Mackevkius
while Tang Ho Fai also from Hong Kong followed in third place. In
the women's race, Hong Kong runner Cheung Ting Yan won the
champion while Yu Wing Hay and Kong Lai Ming are the runners up.
Also featured in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon are
the Half Marathon and 3km Wheelchair race. Respectively, Fung Ying
Ki and Cheng Yan Keung finished in first place.
Benjamin Hung, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of
Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, said, "We are honoured
to have been the title sponsor of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong
Marathon for 17 consecutive years, and to have witnessed the event
grow into one of the biggest sporting events in Hong Kong. With
each step the runners take, they are helping to spread the four
visions of the Marathon: "Green", "Health", "Unity" and "Charity".
Their determination and persistence in running communicate a sense
of positive energy to our wider Hong Kong society. I applaud
everyone's efforts today, and am already looking forward next
Meanwhile, the 5th annual Leaders Cup
attracted top decision-makers to put aside their work for the
morning to take part in the 1.8km race, which was competitive yet
filled with a spirit of fun. The participants spared no energy in
their efforts to finish the race, while simultaneously enjoying
every moment of this worthwhile charity event. The winner of the
Cup, Mrs. Jennifer L. Harvey, Crown Worldwide Holdings Limited,
once again proved herself to be not only a top decision maker, but also no mean athlete!
"Run for a Reason" is the
global theme for all nine Standard Chartered Marathons held around
the world. In this race, runners ran for a wide range of different
but equally valuable reasons. Showing true strength of spirit
despite their physical disabilities, wheelchair athletes took part
in the 2nd 3km Wheelchair race and the Half Marathon Wheelchair
Race, which was held for the first time. Paralympics Marathon
medalist Henry Wanyoike and his guide Joseph Kibunja once again
ran on behalf of charity to raise funds for "Seeing is Believing",
one of the three beneficiaries of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong
Marathon Charity Programme. The world's oldest marathon runner,
101 year-old Fauja Singh, completed his final race before
retiring, in the process raising funds for the Hong Kong
Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically
Disabled. Also contributing to the marathon spirit were the many
DJs, guest singers and enthusiastic members of the public who
supported the runners by their enthusiastic cheering.
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