32-year-old Julius Maisei took the IAAF Label race in two hours 14′ and 18 seconds ahead of his fellow countryman James Mbugua who wa two hours 14′ 28 seconds of time and Ethiopia’s Deribe Robi third who was two hours 14′ and 37 seconds of time.
Julius Maisei has probably learnt a lesson from two failed early breaks.
“I made the mistake of making my move too early in the last two years and my opponents caught me and overtook me,” Maisei told reporters.
“This time I changed my tactics and made certain I timed my break better and then went all for it.”
Maisei blamed the slow time on the tricky conditions.
“It was tough out there. It is not easy running inside a tunnel for almost three kilometres and the course is very hilly. Hong Kong is a hard race,” he said.
In the women’s race, Ethiopian Misiker Demissie became the first athlete to retain the title as she romped home in 2:30:49.
“It was a bit more windy than last year, which is probably the reason I went a bit slower, although I like racing in those conditions, it was good,” she told reporters.
101-year-old Indian – born Fauja Singh also featured in a 10 Kilometer race been the world’s oldest marathon runner after hitting 1:32:28 on the clock.