Fleet-footed Wu's victory is one for the ages

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong probably will not be represented in the distance running events in Beijing next August, but Wu Ki-kai staged a run of Olympian quality to win the Motor Transport and General Workers' Union 10km race at Tai Mei Tuk yesterday.

Competing in the men's veteran-three age group, Wu, a 52-year-old senior technical officer with a telecom company, blitzed the 700-strong field of mostly younger athletes to win in a quality time of 35 minutes, 35 seconds.

Choi Tat-ming, 34, was second in 35:24, while 50-year-old Law Kam-fai finished third in 36:10, underlining the talent in the veteran groups. Choi was pre-race favourite, but this being his third race of the holiday weekend, he could be forgiven for failing to win the title.

'I've only been logging about 60km a week in training for this race but a lot of that has been speed work,' said a delighted Wu, who took up competitive running at 28 when he couldn't find enough partners to play soccer. 'I decided to kick for home when we came back onto the dam for the final time. I'm a bit surprised I held the others off.'

Race organiser and union chairman Pang Kong-cheung, was equally delighted with Wu's victory. 'Wu's a remarkable runner, he ran a very tactical race to win today,' said Pang, who is something of a celebrity runner himself having completed the Hong Kong to Shenzhen marathon in 1992, wearing Rockport dress shoes.

Another distance runner famously ran the New York Marathon wearing a pair of the company's dress shoes in just over three hours. Pang completed the cross-border marathon in 2:58.

Nicky Green made light work of the women's race and led from start to finish, clocking 40:01 for the two-lap race to win by more than three minutes over veteran Lee Pui-kam.