Mok Ying Ren Beats His Personal Best, Clears SEA Games Qualifying Mark
Mok, the orthopedic surgery resident at National University Hospital had planned for the Seoul race to be his first and only qualifying event for the SEA Games.
Singapore marathoner Mok Ying Ren was all smiles when he finishes the Seoul International Marathon on Sunday, 19 March with a new personal best.
Mok has clocked a time of 2hr 26min 7sec, going well under the qualifying mark of 2:37:10. The new result is under his previous mark of 2:26:30 set in 2013.
This great performance means that he has cleared the qualifying mark for the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur and should earn him a SEA Games berth alongside defending champion Soh Rui Yong, who also cleared the mark with a 2:24:55 run at the Chicago Marathon last October.
In a Facebook post after the event, Mok thanked his training buddies in the past 8 months.
His qualification means fellow marathoner Ashley Liew is no longer in the running. Ashley has clocked 2:38:30 at the Tokyo Marathon last month.
The selections are subject to approval by the Singapore National Olympic Council.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Mok Ying Ren