Kiprotich lives up to top billing but misses mark

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 January, 2009, 12:00am

The two questions on everyone's lips at the start of the Diabetes Hong Kong Healthy Run were, who would come second and would Thomas Kiprotich produce a sub 30-minute performance?

The first question was answered when Tse Hok-man crossed the finish line second from the 1,200 starters and almost four minutes adrift of the Kenyan runner, while the result of the second question appeared on the finishing clock, which displayed 30 minutes and 17 seconds as Kiprotich broke the tape.

Kiprotich was rightly happy with his performance but was unsure whether the Tai Po course was an accurate 10km. 'It may have been a bit short but it's hard to say,' said the 21-year-old, who will head for Kuala Lumpur next Friday to compete in the Pacesetters 20km.

'The conditions were perfect for racing today so I was confident of a fast time,' Kiprotich added.

Alexis Lamb won the women's race with a time of 38.54.