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SEA Games: Singapore’s Soh Rui Yong Wins Men’s Marathon Gold Again

by On Aug 19, 2017

"It feels good, although the first time felt better maybe because it was on home ground. Today I felt a lot better than I thought I would in the heat and humidity."

SEA Games: Singapore's Soh Rui Yong Wins Men's Marathon Gold Again

Defending champion Soh Rui Yong clinched gold in the men's marathon at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (19 Aug) and became the first Singapore man to defend SEA Games marathon titles, crossing the finish line in 2hr 29min 27sec in front of the Istana Kehakiman in Putrajaya.

This timing is about five minutes better than his previous 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, where he won gold in a rain-drenched race, clocking 2hr 34min 56sec.

Indonesia's Agus Prayogo was second in 2hr 31min 20sec, while Malaysia's Muhaizar Mohamad was third in 2hr 31min 52sec.

Singapore's other participant Mok Ying Ren, who won the SEA Games gold medal in Myanmar in 2013, finished seventh out of the 15 competitors in 2hr 44min 31sec.

26-year-old Soh is also the holder of the national marathon record of 2hr 24min 55sec.

Results for the SEA Games 2017 Men's marathon

In the women's marathon, Jasmine Goh finished fourth out of six runners in a time of 3hr 13min 46sec, while Rachel See was sixth with a timing of 3hr 46min 41sec.

Featured Photo Credit: Noor Farhan @ Twitter

Nathaniel is a disciplined casual runner and a lover of bananas. As a columnist for RunSociety, he is always on the lookout for exciting and controversial topics that touch the heart of the running community in Singapore, often adding in his funny observations. He has embarked on a mission to start a world class running group in Asia.

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