Ng Kam-tai had little sympathy for his 900 opponents in the 10km Thaiquain Cup at Pak Tam Chung yesterday, but the marathon international commented after the race that he was sympathetic with building workers on strike for higher wages and shorter working hours. Ng, 34, who works on a construction site piling rig, knows just how difficult it is to make a living as a labourer in the construction industry. 'I'm all for them fighting for their rights,' said Ng, who will represent Hong Kong in the Singapore Marathon in December. 'Working in very hot and often wet weather makes bar bending very hard work.' At the 5km turnaround point in yesterday's race Ng, who finished second in the event last year, shared the lead with two others, but pulled away for victory in 36 minutes and 56 seconds, 50 seconds ahead of Tam Ho-yan. Choi Tat-ming placed third in 37:53. Chan Kit-yee scored an equally strong win in the women's race, clocking 42:36 to win by more than three minutes over policewoman Dara Man Wai-shan. Veteran Kenna Lee Pui-kam was third in 46:32.