De Vido chases King crown
HONG KONG'S distance runner of the moment Roberto De Vido will try to make it four wins in a row when the first race of the new adidas King of the Road is held tomorrow.
De Vido and his Watson's teammate Lee Kar-lun have totally dominated the local men's distance running scene this season and are favourites to control tomorrow's eight kilometres run on Bowen Road that starts at 8 am from the Bowen Road Park.
Both De Vido and Lee will be using the race as a final warm-up for next Sunday's Singapore Marathon and are likely to turn on the pace right from the start, particularly Lee whose only weapon against the speedy De Vido is to try and burn him off early on.
The top series prize up for grabs for both men and women is an all-expenses trip paid to Sydney to compete in next year's 14 kilometres City to Surf which will be held in August.
Tsuen Wan Athletic Club's Li Kar-yin, Kwok Hon-kwai, Wong Ip-chor and Chan Wah-kwai are also contenders for the top placings along with Watson's Martin Peace.
The women's race run over the same distance is likely to see Watson's defending Queen of the Road Maggie Chan Man-yee pitted against Ladies Road Runners trio Gillian Castka, Lucy Ramwell and veteran Yuko Gordon.
Sources indicate that Chan, who is scheduled to fly to America in early January to further her studies at Brigham Young University in Utah, will be flown out to compete in the third and final race of the series which will be held on February 26 at Tin Shui Wai should she win tomorrow and again on January 8 at The Peak.