Early-morning start is no impediment as top triathlete leads from start to finish Triathlete Daniel Lee Chi-wo has seen the light at the end of the tunnel, despite racing in the dark yesterday. Lee delivered a confidence-building win in the first event of the day at 5.45am, proving he was back on track after being troubled by shin splints. The 28-year-old overcame the challenges of Taiwan's Weng Chu-yi and compatriot Tam Ho-yan, who came second and third respectively, to win the men's senior category in 32 minutes and 35 seconds. Lee, who claimed the lead from the start and never relinquished it, said he was delighted with his win, which showed he had made a total recovery from his shin splint injury. 'I had been troubled by shin splints before the last National Games in October and my result at the tournament was greatly affected,' he said. 'But after a mix of western and Chinese medical treatment, it is now fully recovered and I am able to keep up with my normal levels.' Scarred by the injury during the games in Xuzhou, Lee had a disappointing 22nd finish, even though he was rated as a medal hopeful. The run yesterday was Lee's first return to the Standard Chartered Marathon's 10km race after a five-year absence. He said the race was very 'special' as he seldom runs in the dark, which was cheered up only by the race officials who were stationed along the course. 'I woke up super-early in the morning - at 3am - and the sky was still dark while I was out running,' he said. 'But the funny thing was, when I boarded the train departing from Fo Tan at 4am, it was so crowded with people coming to run in this event. It was just as packed as a 9am train on a weekday.' He added the route was enjoyable even though some runners complained about the poor ventilation in the Western Harbour Tunnel. 'I have not tried the route before [yesterday] but I adapted to it quite well,' he said. 'I heard from others that it is very windy. But luckily it was not so today.' For the 10km course, runners kicked off in Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, taking in the West Kowloon Highway and Western Harbour Tunnel and finished at the Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Lee took home a $1,500 bonus, awarded to the first Hong Kong resident to finish the 10km race. Not only Lee, his team - the Hong Kong triathlon team - were all smiles as their members won four of the 10km categories, plus two second-place finishes. Raymond Mak Kwai-shing, president of the Hong Kong Triathlon Association, said the results came from having trained in South Australia two weeks ago. 'The whole team covered a long distance in running and improved their running capacity,' said Mak, whose daughter Tania Mak So-ning won the women's senior category in 40:18. 'We hope they can keep improving in the rest of this year and excel at the Asian Games in Doha in December.' Apart from Lee and Mak, winners from the team included Chen Ye-ko, who dominated the men's junior category and Kevin Clark, who came first in the men's senior group two in a time of 33:47. Scotsman Clark, 31, recently took up a new position as assistant coach with the Hong Kong Triathlon Association. Undaunted by the early call on a Sunday morning, about 14,000 men competed in the two races. A record-breaking 23,000 men and women took part in the 10km races.