Olympics-bound Christy Yiu scoops bumper Hong Kong Marathon payday after finishing sixth
The 28-year-old received a bonus for being the fastest local female runner as she finishes 14 seconds outside her personal best
Christy Yiu Kit-ching had the most rewarding race of her athletic career with a sixth place finish in the women’s marathon yesterday.
The 28-year-old from Tai Po took home a whopping HK$56,879 for less than three hour’s work as a result of her overall position in the 42.2km race plus a further bonus for being the fastest local female runner home.
At one stage it looked as though the diminutive runner might scoop the top prize of US$65,000, as she led the women’s elite field to the 13-kilometre mark.
“No one else wanted to take over the pace so I just kept going in front,” said Yiu. “It was quite blustery out there so I was hoping someone else would take over the lead to give me some shelter from the wind and rain.
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“Girls from the same country were running tactically – one of them would cover me all the time when I dropped back into the pack, while some of them were pushing and elbowing me – I really didn’t expect that.”
Yiu, who has already qualified for the Rio Olympics, was hoping to break the Hong Kong record of two hours, 35 minutes and 49 seconds, but ended up crossing the line in 2:38.38, just 14 seconds outside her personal best time but significantly seven minutes faster than she ran in last year’s race.
“Christy is running very well right now and has improved considerably during the past year,” said Anthony Giorgi, head coach at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.
“I think it’s good that she encountered some pushing and shoving today. She needs to get used to that because that is what happens in the big marathon events.
“The conditions today were quite tough for marathon running but Christy handled everything very well indeed, which is why she finished in sixth place and earned a considerable amount of prize money.”
Yiu’s next major event will be the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff at the end of March.