Hong Kong bridge half marathon chiefs blame location for food, toilet, bus issues and apologise for finish-tape blunder

November 22, 2023

Organisers of the Bank of China Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Half Marathon have apologised for a blunder at the finish line on Sunday, and attributed other problems emerging over its staging to the location and police requirements.

The Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates (HKAAA) acknowledged that officials mistakenly retrieved the finish tape intended for women’s winner Sarah Chelangat from Uganda and accidentally allowed men’s runners to break it first. The male runner, representing Japan, somehow crossed the line some five seconds ahead of the women’s overall champion, causing ridicule on social media. SCMP