SEA Games: Soh Rui Yong retains men's marathon gold

Soh Rui Yong posing with the Singapore flag after receiving his gold medal on the podium, in front of the Istana Kehakiman in Putrajaya.
Soh Rui Yong posing with the Singapore flag after receiving his gold medal on the podium, in front of the Istana Kehakiman in Putrajaya.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
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Defending champion Soh Rui Yong holding the Singapore flag after crossing the finish line.
Defending champion Soh Rui Yong holding the Singapore flag after crossing the finish line.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

KUALA LUMPUR - Defending champion Soh Rui Yong became the first Singapore man to win back to back SEA Games marathon titles, crossing the finish line in 2hr 29min 27sec front of the Istana Kehakiman in Putrajaya on Saturday (Aug 19).

Indonesia's Agus Prayogo was second in 2:31:20, while Malaysia's Muhaizar Mohamad was third (2:31:52).

Said Soh after his win: "It feels good, although the first time felt better maybe because it was on home ground. Today I felt a lot better than I thought I would in the heat and humidity.

"In the last 2 km I just gambled and went for it. I was already starting to cramp up, but I saw that Agus was struggling a little bit, maybe hurting a little more than I am, so let me try and gamble a little bit. Within 200m, I had a 30m gap so I was like, 'All right, just gotta keep going till the end.'

"Honestly I thought it'd feel a lot better, right now I'm still quite calm, maybe it hasn't settled in yet."

Singapore's 2013 champion Mok Ying Ren was placed seventh out of 15 competitors with a timing of 2:44:31.


Soh Rui Yong giving a fan a high-five as he was about to cross the finish line during the SEA Games marathon on Aug 19. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Mok, 29, became the first Singaporean man to win SEA Games marathon gold in 2013, but did not compete at the 2015 edition owing to injury.


Singapore's 2013 champion Mok Ying Ren in action during the SEA Games marathon on Aug 19. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

At the previous SEA Games in Singapore, 26-year-old Soh took gold in a rain-drenched race, clocking 2:34:56.


Soh Rui Yong bows to the crowd after finishing first during the marathon in Putrajaya on Aug 19, 2017. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


Soh Rui Yong (centre, #224) in action during the SEA Games marathon on Aug 19. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

In the women's marathon, Jasmine Goh finished fourth out of six runners in a time of 3:13:46, while Rachel See was sixth with a timing of 3:46:41.