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.
PAN FROM crowd to women starters.
MS Batch of men competitors.
MS Legs of men.
LS REAR VIEW..of competitors during race.
MLS Competitors during race.
MS Man competitor followed by girl Chow Lai-Ping (No.1)
Japanese competitor Takahashi No.462
MS Duck on road.
Choi Lee-Keung (No.461)
Takahashi entering stadium
Takahashi breasting tape to win race.
Crowd milling to see winner.
So Kam-Tong (No. 501) who has second.
Choi breasts tape to become third.
Women's Takahashi interviewed by pressman
Choi being massaged - he 'talks' in sign language.
Women's section winner - Chow Lai-Ping (No.1) breasts tape.
Chow being helped after race.
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Background: 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.