Crystal ranks first in full marathon female category of Tokyo Marathon


屈旨盈小姐在東京馬拉松取得女子組香港第一

Crystal manages to complete the race with persistence


屈小姐靠意志力完成全馬比賽

Date: 13 Mar 2018 (Tuesday)

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Physical Education lecturer first Hong Kong female to cross international marathon finish line

體育講師國際馬拉松賽勇奪香港第一

Miss Crystal Vut, Assistant Lecturer of the Department of Physical Education, was ranked first among Hong Kong female participants in the full marathon category of the Tokyo Marathon, considered one of the “grand slam” events of marathon running. She completed the race in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 52 seconds.
 
Crystal was nicely surprised by her result and said the atmosphere and environment of the Marathon was impressive. There were many viewers and runners who cheered each other on and the weather was cool and comfortably dry which is suitable for long-distance running. She thought that the marathon experience was amazing and only in the latter part of the race did she feel it was a little bit challenging but she managed to complete the race with strong persistence. 
 
As a former Hong Kong gymnastics team member, Crystal had taken part in various competitions; however, it became more difficult for her to advance further as she got older. Therefore, when she started studying in HKBU, she retired from gymnastics and searched for another sport for interest or hobby. By coincidence, she joined HKBU’s cross country team and developed an interest in long-distance running which gave her huge satisfaction.
 
On top of regular training on campus, she hires a private coach for tailor-made training. She has tried long run, 10 km, half marathon and full marathon with excellent performance.      
 
Crystal will continue to receive training in the near future to strengthen muscle and stamina, with an aim to boost her full marathon speed to 2 hours and 45 minutes, to meet the entry requirement of the 2020 Olympic Games.

體育學系助理講師屈旨盈小姐於世界馬拉松大滿貫之一東京馬拉松,以2小時47分52秒的成績完成全馬,在女子組位列香港第一。
 
屈小姐坦言對成績感到意外但欣喜,並指出東京馬拉松的比賽氣氛甚佳,沿途會有觀眾及跑手打氣,加上天氣清涼及乾爽,除了在尾段她感到較辛苦及需要靠意志力完成比賽,其餘賽程都感覺不俗。
 
屈小姐是前香港隊體操代表,曾多次代表香港比賽;但隨著年紀漸長,自覺進一步發展的空間不大,因此入讀浸大後決定退役,並尋找另一項運動作鍛練。在機緣巧合下,她加入大學的越野隊,第一次比賽已取得突出成績,培養了對長跑的滿足感及興趣。除了大學的恆常旳訓練外,她甚至聘請私人教練作聚焦訓練,對長跑、10公里、半馬及全馬作逐項挑戰,表現突飛猛進。
 
她會繼續訓練,例如加強肌肉鍛練、增強體能等,希望可以在未來一、兩年將全馬時間加快至2小時45分,以取得2020年奧運入場券。