VIBRAM HONG KONG 100: YOU PEIQUAN AND XIANG FUZHAO BREAKING RECORDS IN THE 10TH EDITION
The Ultra-Trail World Tour global series started this weekend with s the season this weekend with the VIBRAM HONG KONG 100. The races were won by Chinese runners You Peiquan setting up a new record with 10h00:17 and Xiang Fuzhao setting a new record too with 11:28:21 in perfect conditions for trail running. The podium was complete by Liang Jing and Deng Guomin also from China in men side and Veronika Vadovicova from Slovakia and Ragna Debats from Holland in the women side.
VIBRAM HONG KONG 100 2020: YOU PEIQUAN AND XIANG FUZHAO BREAKS THE RECORD
Both the men’s and women’s course records fell to brave front running performances by Chinese athletes in perfect conditions for trail running at the 10th Vibram Hong Kong 100 at the weekend. In the men’s field, You Peiquan led from the halfway point to win by over half an hour from last year’s runner-up, Liang Jing. You’s was a totally dominant display. Finishing in just 10 hours and 17 seconds, he narrowly missed out on being the first runner to break the magical 10-hour mark on the challenging course. Guangzhou-resident, Deng Guomin, completed a clean sweep of the men’s podium by Chinese athletes for the second successive year. The first Hong Kong-based runner was Wong Ho Chung in 10 hours 48 minutes, timing his run well to move through the field in the 2nd half. This result further builds his reputation as a world-class talent following his 6th place in the UTMB in 2019. In 5th place was Jared Hazen from the USA, who said he loved the experience of exploring Hong Kong.
In the women’s race, China’s Xiang Fuzhao ran shoulder to shoulder with 2018 world trail running champion, Holland’s Ragna Debats, and Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovicova, before breaking away after Yung Shue O (51km). Xiang gradually increased her lead to win by almost 20 minutes. Vadovicova was runner-up in 11 hours 47 minutes. Xiang’s time, 11 hours and 28 minutes, smashed the existing course record by a quarter of an hour. Debats finished third in 12 hours and 3 minutes. Having finished 4th in the event in 2017, 3rd in 2018 and 2nd in 2019, Xiang’s victory seemed almost pre-ordained. Landie Greyling from South Africa and China’s Qu Shangwei rounded out the top 5.
Runners explained that the quicker times this year were at least in part because of the cooler, drier weather, which was optimal for long distance racing. Both You and Xiang said that they had been determined to win and were very grateful for all the support they received.
Even more incredible than the performances of the elite athletes was the finish in 28 hours and 5 minutes by Rhollan Clark Tsoi. Tsoi, who is visually- and hearing-impaired, was guided by 3 members of the Fearless Dragon running club (Edwin Ma, Patrick Siu and Donald Kwok). Tsui and his team crossed the finish line to huge applause at lunchtime on Sunday. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
The top 10 finishers:
1. You Peiquan 游培泉 (CHINA) – 10:00:17 (New course record)
2. Liang Jing 梁晶 (CHINA) – 10:33:39
3. Deng Guomin 邓国敏 (CHINA) – 10:38:24
4. Wong Ho Chung 黃浩聰 (HONG KONG) – 10:48:25
5. Jared Hazen (USA) – 11:04:33
6. Petter Restorp (SWEDEN) – 11:09:21
7. Zhao Jiaju 赵家驹 (CHINA) – 11:23:28
8. Zhang Jiao 张交 (CHINA) – 11:34:31
9. Carl Johan Sörman (SWEDEN) – 11:39:50
10. Guillaume Perrot (FRANCE)- 11:46:04
1. Xiang Fuzhao 向付召 (CHINA) – 11:28:21 1 (New course record)
2. Veronika Vadovicova (SLOVAKIA) – 11:47:40
3. Ragna Debats (HOLLAND) – 12:03:52
4. Landie Greyling (SOUTH AFRICA) – 13:05:52
5. Qu Shangwei 瞿尚薇 (CHINA) – 13:18:36
6. Eszter Csillag (HUNGARY) – 13:34:23
7. Marie McNaughton (NEW ZEALAND) – 13:35:4
8. Fu Huarong 华荣 (CHINA) – 13:42:39
9. Claire Bannwarth (FRANCE) -13:46:17
10. Valerie Lagarde (FRANCE) -14:39:15