Taiwanese Hsieh Chien-Ho wins Great Eastern Women's Run in Singapore

More than 8000 women were flagged off at the 21.1km category at this year's Great Eastern Women's Run. -- ST PHOTO: MARK TEO
More than 8000 women were flagged off at the 21.1km category at this year's Great Eastern Women's Run. -- ST PHOTO: MARK TEO

SINGAPORE - Some 15,000 women swarmed the Marina Bay Floating Platform on Sunday morning, braving the morning drizzle for this year's Great Eastern Women's Run, Singapore's largest all-women run.

Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Chien-Ho was the day's biggest winner as she finished first in the Elite Open Category. Hsieh clocked 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 17 seconds (1:22:17) in the 21.1km race, finishing ahead of Philippines' Mary Grace Delos Santos, who timed 1:24:21.

Said Hsieh: "The weather was perfect because it was cooling and the rain was not too heavy so I could still keep my focus. With this timing, I hope I can come back to Singapore and compete more often."

Mok Ying Rong, sister of Singapore's top marathoner Mok Ying Ren, was the top Singaporean finisher in the half marathon with a time of 1:28:48. She said: "I did not expect to win as I was contending with a very strong field, and I came with the aim of focusing on my race pace and trying to get a personal best."

The event was graced by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, who took part in the 5km Live Great! Fun Run.