In the British colony of Hong kong, July 9, a total of 483 competitors warmed up before the start of a 43.6 mile marathon race - the "Walkathon", an annual feature of the colony's sports organized by a local paper.
In the British colony of Hong kong, July 9, a total of 483 competitors warmed up before the start of a 43.6 mile marathon race - the "Walkathon", an annual feature of the colony's sports organized by a local paper. Many entered for the fun of it, and dropped off at various stages. Only 187, including seven women, completed the gruelling 43.6 miles, made more strenuous by steep slopes and high temperature.
The winner this year was Japan's walking champion, Tomozo Takahashi (No.462) who won the title after a hard-fought struggle with two other colony competitors. The Japanese Olympic star finished the course in 7 hours, 15 minutes and 21 seconds -- 24 seconds behind the record set last year by Hong kong's 1958/59 champion, Choi Lee-Keung.
Deaf and mute student Choi (461) who finished third, indicated through and interpreter that he had been busy with his school examinations leaving him little time to exercise. Second place in the race went to So Kam-Tong (501) who clocked 7 hours 26 minutes 52 seconds, 43 seconds better than Choi.
In the women's section, 19-year-old factory girl, Chow Lai-Ping, (No.1) won again to become the champion for the third year running.
Finishing the 43.6 miles in 9 hours 2 minutes and 45 seconds, Chow Lai-Ping cut 45 minutes off her last year's record to become the first triple champion - an hour which Choi narrowly missed.