Li Suet-fei accomplished her long-held goal of winning the Mizuno Hong Kong Half-Marathon yesterday, but it remains to be seen if she will be able to accept the winner's prize of a trip to next month's Okinawa Marathon. Scientific researcher Li boarded a plane for the US last night to start a new job in Chicago. 'I'm not sure whether I will be able to get time off to run a marathon in Japan so soon after starting my new job,' said the 33-year-old, who clocked one hour, 24 minutes and 51 seconds, almost 11/2 minutes faster than Fan Sui-ping. Thomas Kiprotich led the men's race from start to finish, and posted a winning time of 1:09.34. 'I could have challenged the course record today if I'd had someone to push me,' Kiprotich, 21, said. Unlike Li, Kiprotich has no chance of redeeming his well-earned trip to Okinawa, as he is not a Hong Kong resident. Gi Ka-man will have that honour after finishing second overall from the 2,300 starters, and posting a personal best time of 1:12.38 for the half-marathon distance. Gi finished just under a minute clear of Andy Naylor over the undulating Tai Mei Tuk course. Kiprotich later revealed that he had been offered a job as an assistant coach for Ascent Athletic Club, and that an application for a work permit had been submitted.