Olympics: Neo Jie Shi presses on to complete marathon despite trying conditions; finishes 131st

 Singapore's Neo Jie Shi clocked 3hr 15min 18sec at the Olympics to come in 131st of 133 finishers.
Singapore's Neo Jie Shi clocked 3hr 15min 18sec at the Olympics to come in 131st of 133 finishers.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
 Singapore's Neo Jie Shi presses on to complete marathon despite trying conditions.
Singapore's Neo Jie Shi presses on to complete marathon despite trying conditions. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore's Neo Jie Shi presses on to complete marathon despite trying conditions.
Singapore's Neo Jie Shi presses on to complete marathon despite trying conditions.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore's Neo Jie Shi did not get the personal best she had been targeting at the Olympics, but she finished the gruelling 42.195km event.
Singapore's Neo Jie Shi did not get the personal best she had been targeting at the Olympics, but she finished the gruelling 42.195km event.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
 Singapore's Neo Jie Shi reacts after completing the marathon despite trying conditions.
Singapore's Neo Jie Shi reacts after completing the marathon despite trying conditions. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Singapore's Neo Jie Shi did not get the personal best she had been targeting at the Olympics, but she finished the gruelling 42.195km event.

The 31-year-old clocked 3hr 15min 18sec to come in 131st of 133 finishers. Her personal best was a 3:09:57.

With the event beginning at a relatively late time of 9.30am (Brazil time), it was high noon by the time the marathoners were into the business end of the race.

Neo, the first Singapore marathoner to compete at the Olympics since Yvonne Danson in 1996, told The Straits Times she was determined to complete the event.

She said: "It was a tough race. I was hoping for a personal best, but I did the best I could to finish under the circumstances."

 

A total of 24 athletes did not finish the event, including Llina Luik, one-third of the Estonian triplets competing in the marathon.

"Though I was disappointed for not achieving a personal best, I have a great racing experience! It was especially heartwarming to hear supporters along the road from other countries shouting Singapore when I ran past them."