An Ethiopian reduced the mark depsite the heat.
In a marathon last year, Dejere Abera missed out on first place by one second. He wasn’t going to let that happen again.
And so at this year’s version of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon the Ethiopian learned from the past and captured victory in 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 27 seconds.
The race was remarkably close with Eliud Cheptei of Kenya coming right up to the tape with Abera and sharing his finishing time.
Cosmas Kyeva and Julius Maisei, also from Kenya, were just once second behind.
Abera smashed the course record in Hong Kong by one minute and 42 seconds–an impressive feat since the humidity and heat were a major factor, with temperatures exceeding 66 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the last turn of the race, Abera nearly collided with a lost cyclist who had wandered on the course, but managed to avoid him.
“It wasn’t a problem,” Abera said presumably of the cyclist, but could also have been talking about the chase pack that was on his heels. “I knew by then I could win. This is my first time in Hong Kong, but I love it.”
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