Kiprotich, Lowry blitz field in 10K
Course records were set in both the men's and the women's races in the New Balance 10K at Tsuen Wan yesterday.
Thomas Kiprotich led home the 2,200-strong field in a swift 31 minutes and 58 seconds, while Michelle Lowry decimated the women's field to win in her second consecutive 10km race in 37:03.
Twenty-four-year-old Kenyan Kiprotich has established himself as the man to beat in local distance races since overcoming problems to secure residency after arriving in Hong Kong some three years ago. However, he is now happily married and the father of seven-month-old son Noah.
'Life is good so I am now able to concentrate fully on my running,' said Kiprotich (pictured), who has set up his own coaching business and looks after some 40 student runners.
'It's a very special feeling to win a race and to see my wife and son waiting at the finish line. Life has certainly changed for the better.'
Colin Fishwick, the winner of three races this season led a group of five runners in pursuit of Kiprotich, but all had to concede defeat quite early on in the race as the Kenyan powered away from the start on Tsuen Wan promenade.
'Thomas was in the zone today. On a course with a flat and fast start like we had here, he was able to establish a good lead right from the gun,' said Fishwick, who finished second in 33:16, one place and almost a minute ahead of Stefano Passarello.
Lowry, 34, was even more dominant in winning the women's race and is confident her training is spot on to achieve her goal of qualifying for the US Olympic marathon trials early next year.
'I think my time today [37:03] would have been about a minute and a half faster in a temperate climate, taking into account the humidity and air quality, and also the hills mid-race, so all in all I'm very happy with my run,' said Lowry, who finished 21st overall from the 2,200 starters.