Triathlon: Mok's Olympic dream gets $30,000 boost from National University of Singapore

Singapore's top marathoner Mok Ying Ren (left) receiving a cheque from National University of Singapore's Dean of Students, Associate Professor Tan Teck Koon. Mok's dream of competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was handed a $30,000 b
Singapore's top marathoner Mok Ying Ren (left) receiving a cheque from National University of Singapore's Dean of Students, Associate Professor Tan Teck Koon. Mok's dream of competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was handed a $30,000 boost on Friday evening. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

Singapore's top marathoner Mok Ying Ren's dream of competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was handed a $30,000 boost on Friday evening.

The 25-year-old was awarded the special award from his alma mater the National University of Singapore, from which he graduated last May with a degree in medicine.

A triathlon gold medallist at the 2007 SEA Games, Mok went public with his Olympic dream last year in a bid to raise the $100,000 required to fund his three-year, full-time training plan.

With the NUS award, he has now collected approximately $60,000.

The money will go toward supporting his training and participation in overseas races, with stints in Japan and Kenya already planned.