'Bonus' win for Singaporean woman runner

Kenyan Margaret Njuguna took the top spot in the 18.45km women's category with a time of 1hr 11min 21sec. Singaporean Jasmine Goh finished her run in 40min 33sec, winning the 10km women's category after a Kenyan runner was disqualified. Kenyan Stephe
Singaporean Jasmine Goh finished her run in 40min 33sec, winning the 10km women's category after a Kenyan runner was disqualifiedST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
Kenyan Margaret Njuguna took the top spot in the 18.45km women's category with a time of 1hr 11min 21sec. Singaporean Jasmine Goh finished her run in 40min 33sec, winning the 10km women's category after a Kenyan runner was disqualified. Kenyan Stephe
Kenyan Stephen Munhathia Nkubitu won the 18.45km race in the men's category with a time of 57min 49sec. ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
Kenyan Margaret Njuguna took the top spot in the 18.45km women's category with a time of 1hr 11min 21sec. Singaporean Jasmine Goh finished her run in 40min 33sec, winning the 10km women's category after a Kenyan runner was disqualified. Kenyan Stephe
Kenyan Margaret Njuguna took the top spot in the 18.45km women's category with a time of 1hr 11min 21sec.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI

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.

  • RESULTS

  • Men's 10km

    1. Elija Muturi Karanja (Ken) - 31min 1sec 2. Bijay Sunuwar (Nep) - 36:09 3. Chew Jee Keng (Sin) - 37:40

    Women's 10km

    1. Jasmine Goh (Sin) - 40:33 2. Sumiko Tan (Sin) - 45:56 3. Miyuki Shiina (Jpn) - 48:23

    Men's 18.45km

    1. Stephen Munhathia Nkubitu (Ken) - 57:49 2. John Lorono (Ken) - 1:02.32 3. Fraser Thompson (Aus) - 1:02.39

    Women's 18.45km

    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.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline ''Bonus' win for Singaporean woman runner'. Print Edition | Subscribe