Hong Konger wins 4 Deserts

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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.

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