Mon, Oct 04, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan runner wins first Penghu international race


Braving gusty northeast winds and sandy air, scores of runners from home and abroad took part in yesterday's marathon on Penghu -- the island's first international marathon.

Taiwan's Wu Wen-chien (吳文騫) won the men's group with a time of 2:29:09 to take the top cash prize of NT$150,000 (about US$4,410).

Wu was followed by China's Bai Zengquan (白增全) with a time of 2:33:41 and Taiwan's Chiu Chien-hsing (邱建興) with a time of 2:39:56.

Meanwhile, Chinese runner Zhang Zhujing (張淑晶) grabbed the top spot in the women's group with a time of 2:47:20. Runners from South Africa and Taiwan finished in second and third spots, both recording a time of more than three hours.

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) presided over the opening ceremony of the marathon.

In addition to encouraging the participants from around the world to run their best times, Lu also called on all the runners and the general public to pray together for world peace.

The vice president expressed the hope that the marathon would be held on Penghu again next year and urged more companies to sponsor the event.

The race on the island, which is due west of Chiayi, kicked off at 6:30am.

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