'Cold' Chung too hot for local rivals

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 February, 2004, 12:00am

Chung Yan-kwei shivered his way across the bridges of Kowloon peninsula and braved the cold to finish as Hong Kong's top representative runner in the men's Open marathon.

'It is the coldest marathon I have taken part in and I have run in all previous races. It was especially windy running across the bridges and it made it a bit difficult. But I'm still pleased with my race,' said Chung who finished in two hours, 42 minutes and 22 seconds, almost 25 minutes behind winner Thomas Migwi of Kenya and 26th overall.

The race traverses the Cheung Tsing bridge, the Ting Kau bridge and the Tsing Ma bridge in Kowloon. Runners have to go up and down the bridges. 'This is not my best performance in a marathon,' he said. 'My personal best time was at the Macau Marathon in 1989 when I finished in 2:29:07. Although I could not match that, I'm happy to have finished and completed my eighth Hong Kong Marathon.'Alvin Sallay