Thousands of local racers came out early on Sunday morning for the first Standard Chartered Hong Kong marathon since 2019. The 2020 version, which was supposed to take place in February of last year, was cancelled due to the pandemic, and the 2021 version was pushed back to October. The Victoria Park finish line had a completely different feel this time around, as racers were not allowed to hang around after they crossed, could not eat food and had to quickly replace masks after they finished.
There was also a heavy police presence on Sunday and reports that some racers were barred from competing for wearing clothing that featured certain words or slogans. However, most were happy to be back in what many dubbed the “new normal”.
The men’s marathon was won by Wong Kai-lo while Christy Yiu took the women’s title. Yochai Nissim, 62, who is originally from Israel, completed the half in 1:43 and said the last time he raced was at the 2019 Shanghai Marathon. He said he felt lucky to complete his race before the sun came out and the temperature shot up.
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