Kiprotich grabs 10K Challenge in first race as married man

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 November, 2009, 12:00am

Thomas Kiprotich won his first race as a married man with a gun-to-tape victory in the Hong Kong 10K Challenge at Tin Shui Wai yesterday.

The 22-year-old Kenyan athlete tied the knot last month, and said he now needs to win races to support his new-found status as a husband.

'I'm racing in a 10k event in Singapore next weekend and then I will run a half-marathon in Taipei in mid December, both of which carry prize money,' said Kiprotich, who ran 31 minutes and 44 seconds yesterday.

'There was no prize money for today's race, so I treated it as part of my overall training for forthcoming international events.'

With defending champion Stefano Passarrelo denied the opportunity to run, in-form Gi Ka-man was expected to push Kiprotich, but the Tin Shui Wai resident slipped off the pace early on and ended up placing third in 33:38, well behind teammate and training partner Chan Ka-ho, who finished second in 32:16.

Trainee nurse Yiu Kit-ching set the early pace in the women's race and held off a strong challenge from a number of fancied runners to win in 37:02. Yiu will run the 3,000-metre steeple chase in next month's East Asian Games, so the race showed she is clearly on form.

Leung Ying-suet held second place in the women's event for much of the 10km race, but was caught on the line by Charlotte Cutler, who clocked 38:11 to Leung's 38:12.