Hong Konger wins 4 Deserts
HONG KONG’S 31-YEAR OLD ULTRARUNNER Wong Ho Chung won the last leg of Racingtheplanet’s multi-stage 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Ser ies , at The Last Deser t , Antarctica, so clinching the overall series title for 2018. The series comprises the Gobi March in Mongolia, Atacama Crossing in Chile, and Namib Race in Namibia. The finale was then held on the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, Antarctica, in the form of five daily stages. Wong is a physical fitness instructor in the Hong Kong Fire Services Department, and his first race in the snow was his third win this year in the series – after his first places in the Gobi March and Atacama Crossing, and a second in the Namib Race. His impressive consistency was enough to see him crowned champion. On the women’s side, Isabelle Sauve, an Ontario Provincial police officer from Canada, won The Last Desert and 4 Deserts title as well. She previously won the Atacama Crossing in 2016 and this year won the Namib race, and finished second in the Gobi March. The v ictor y ceremony was attended by colonies of penguins and backed by an avalanche, giving the occasion a unique atmosphere. Another representative from Hong Kong was Camel Fung, a 65 year-old amputee who lost his left leg in an accident 30 years ago. He also celebrated in Antartica as The Last Desert was his third time completing a 4 Deserts ultramarathon, having previously completed the 2015 Atacama Crossing and 2018 Gobi March.