When Ms Jasmine Goh completed her run in the women's 10km category at The Straits Times Run in the City yesterday, she felt a sense of victory - even though she knew she was not the first athlete to cross the finish line.
The 37-year-old financial consultant, who finished the race in 40min 33sec, said: "As I had given my best shot in today's race, I already felt like a winner."
Little did she know that giving her best shot would earn her the top spot in the race, too, becoming the first Singaporean to claim a title in one of the run's competitive categories since 2013.
Said Ms Goh, who went home with a Panasonic 50-inch 4K Smart TV set worth $2,199, an Aibi Exercise Game Bike worth $799, an Aibi "Reebok" Pro Easy Tone Step worth $399 and New Balance vouchers worth $300: "I was surprised by the announcement as I knew there was a Kenyan lady (who finished) ahead of me."
Ms Goh was awarded the race win after Kenyan Margaret Wangui, who completed the run in 36min 10sec, was denied a spot on the podium as she had run the race wearing her friend's bib.
1. Elija Muturi Karanja (Ken) - 31min 1sec 2. Bijay Sunuwar (Nep) - 36:09 3. Chew Jee Keng (Sin) - 37:40
1. Jasmine Goh (Sin) - 40:33 2. Sumiko Tan (Sin) - 45:56 3. Miyuki Shiina (Jpn) - 48:23
1. Stephen Munhathia Nkubitu (Ken) - 57:49 2. John Lorono (Ken) - 1:02.32 3. Fraser Thompson (Aus) - 1:02.39
1. Margaret Njuguna (Ken) - 1:11.21 2. Rachel See (Sin) - 1:16.33 3. Emilie Tan (Can) - 1:20.39
Ms Goh described her win as a "bonus", saying that she was "ecstatic and grateful" for the victory. Finishing behind her were fellow Singaporean Sumiko Tan (45:56) and Ms Miyuki Shiina (48:23) of Japan.
Taking home the top prize of a Panasonic 55-inch 4K Smart TV set worth $3,199, an Aibi Vibro Tread worth $7,980 and New Balance vouchers worth $300 in the men's 18.45km race was Kenyan Stephen Munhathia Nkubitu in 57:49.
ST deputy editor Sumiko Tan shared a light-hearted moment with her namesake as she presented the winners of the 10km race with their awards.
Said runner-up Tan, who was "stunned and honoured" to receive her prize from ST's deputy editor: "She once mentioned me in a column and, since then, I have always wanted to meet her face to face.
"When I heard that she would be presenting the prizes, I thought to myself, 'Better take a picture'."
She got what she wanted, smiling widely as she finally got to meet her namesake.