The Straits Times
Published on Dec 19, 2012

Singapore runner cracks 33-minute barrier in 10,000m race


Soh Rui Yong became the first Singaporean in 22 years to go under the 33-minute barrier for the 10,000m, clocking 32min 26sec at the Asean University Games in Vientiane on Wednesday.

Soh, 21, finished fourth in his event, behind Vietnam's gold-medallist Nguyen Van Lai (31:36), Agus Prayogo of Indonesia (31:37) and Rafael Jr Poliquit of the Phillippines (32:24).

Soh, a National University of Singapore undergraduate, posted a personal best with his time, and became the third-fastest in Singapore history behind C Suppiah Marikina (31:19) and Hali Singh (32:25.8)

The last Singapore athlete to dip under 33 minutes over 10,000m was Syed Ahmad Taha in 1990.