BRITISH athletes yesterday took top honours in both the men's and women's Hong Kong Golden Mile international races run around Central District. The Bank of China Group Cup International men's mile saw English runner Adam Duke shine after the late withdrawal of Australian Jason Rock through illness to score a comfortable victory in four minutes and 14.53 seconds. Duke, from Taunton, ran a well-judged tactical race around two laps of the tight Chater Road, Ice House Street, Des Voeux Road and Murray Road circuit to beat Lian Jianguo of Guangdong by just over a second. 'I enjoyed the race but found the course quite windy so decided to let Gajete from the Philippines and the Chinese runners do the early pace making before moving up,' Duke said. The 22-year-old Loughborough University student, who recently finished third in the British Indoor Championships' 1500 metres with a good time of 3:44.0, hopes to come back next year and win in a faster time. 'I know that last year's winner Tony Whiteman has gone on to better things and I hope to do the same,' he said. However, Duke's winning time was well outside the race record of 4:05.0 set by Whiteman last year. Third place went to another Guangdong runner, Li Hongjun, in a time of 4:15.86 while Hong Kong's Yap Kai-tak of Watson's Athletic Club (WAC) had a great run to finish fourth in 4:19.63 and break teammate Roberto De Vido's local race record of 4:21.0, set five years ago. In contrast to the men's race, England's Shirley Griffiths made all the running in the Nike Cup International women's race to just edge out Zheng Yuying from Guangdong in a fast time of 4:44.60, with the Chinese woman finishing a stride behind in 4:45.12. 'I knew I would have to look out for Zheng who beat me in the 1994 race won by Australia's Ann Cross so I pushed all the way,' said Griffiths, from Newcastle. Again Hong Kong's rising 16-year-old star Alli Li, of the Citizens' Athletic Association, had a blinder to finish fourth in a personal best of 4:59.23. Griffiths' time was three seconds outside the women's race record of 4:41.0 jointly held by Cross and Karen Hutcheson of England. Both the Hong Kong men's and women's races were won by WAC runners with Wong Kin-on just edging out British Forces runner Jimmy Young in the men's race in a time of 4:34.42 and Chan Pui-shan winning a slow women's race in 5:44.38.