Chan shrugs off fall in record win

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 April, 2008, 12:00am

Chan Ka-ho finished yesterday's Sha Tin Mixed Terrain Race with a gash on his leg and a broad smile on his face after winning the event in a course-record time of 37 minutes and nine seconds.

The Tai Po-based student also led his Tsuen Wan Athletic Club to victory in the men's team event with Andrew Stevenson and Chan Kwok-cheung finishing third and seventh respectively.

Chan, 24, tucked in behind Stefano Passarello over the demanding trail section that made up almost 4km of the 9km event, and which was where he picked up the gash to his lower leg.

'The trail section was still littered with debris after last weekend's typhoon and I slipped on some gravel at about the 2km mark,' said Chan, who hopes to make his marathon debut next year. 'Races like this are fun, but it's very easy to pick up an injury.'

Despite the injury the Hong Kong record holder at both the 15km and half-marathon distances pressed on once the runners reached the generally flat road section and then motored on to the finish line for a 30-second win over the Italian runner.

Stevenson failed to close the gap on Passarello but managed to maintain an advantage over fourth-placed Choi Tat-ming, and he also overhauled a fading Matthew Jones, who held third place through the trail section of the race.

Chan Kit-yee placed a creditable 36th overall from the more than 500 starters and won the women's race in 46:29, two minutes ahead of Cheung Pui-lin.

Woo Chui-cheun placed third overall in the women's race after battling it out over the final 2km with Ho So-han.

The first three women finishers all represented Lok Wah AC.