The healthy rivalry between junior distance runners Ruth Fielder and Grace Ng Hei-man continued to flourish when both crossed the line together in the Nike 10km race in Taiwan last weekend. Just one second separated the two at the end of a gruelling race through the streets of Taipei. Fielder, 19, finished third overall in the women's race with a time of 40 minutes, 26 seconds, while Grace, five years younger, was fourth in 40.27 minutes. There was consolation for Grace, a 14-year-old student at Good Hope School, as she was crowned champion in the 16-and-under category. Fielder, a former student at King George V School who is on vacation from university studies in Australia, placed second in the 19-and-under group. The two were invited to Taiwan after finishing first in their categories at last year's Nike 10km race in Hong Kong. Grace was taking part in the Taipei race for the second time, but her time was slower than last year when she broke her personal best of 37.43 minutes. 'She wasn't satisfied with the time but the overall result was okay,' said Grace's coach, Yap Kai-tak. 'The times were slower this year for all runners, not only Grace and Ruth. Some people think that last year's course was not the full 10k distance. But this year definitely was. And there were more hills this year,' said Yap, also Fielder's coach at the Pacers Athletic Club. 'Grace and Ruth are occasional training partners and their rivalry is good for them. They can improve together and push each other to achieve even better times.' The pair were involved in a tight finish in the 10,000 metres at last month's Watson's Athletic King Championships at Wan Chai Sports Ground. Grace broke down in tears after Fielder broke her junior 10,000m record in the competition. Ruth clocked 40.02 minutes to clip 25 seconds off Grace's former record. Grace finished second, half a minute behind. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Li Wang-chun (33.53) and Macau's Ieong Chio-wa (34.49) finished third and fifth, respectively, in the men's 20-24 age group in Taiwan.