27TH SEA Games: Mok Ying Ren ends 30 year wait for marathon gold
17 December, 2013
Mok Ying Ren celebrates with his nation's flag after winning the Gold in the Men's category (photo by John Yeong/SSC).
27th SEA Games 2013, Myanmar
Mok Ying Ren became the first Singaporean man to win a gold medal in a SEA Games marathon on Monday morning when he clocked a time of 2 hours 28 minutes 36 seconds to cross the finish line ahead of strong competition from regional competitors from Myanmar, Philippines and Indonesia.
The feat is especially significant as it’s the first time Singapore has won a marathon medal at the Games since 1983, with female athlete Kandasam Jayamani.
Singapore’s marathon ace trailed in fourth position in the final stretch but was able to close the gap and eventually overtake both Myanmar home favourite Thaung Aye and Eric Panique of the Philippines who finished with silver and bronze respectively.
In the women’s category, Vietnam’s Phi Binh Pham clinched top spot with a timing of 2:45:34, beating off competition from Burmese duo Myint Myint Aye (2 :46:07) and Pa Pa (2:49:01). Binh Pham was unbridled in her joy as she crossed the finishing line and went on a victory lap around the stadium holding the Vietnamese flag aloft as a sign of her victory.
In the men’s 4x100m relay, Thailand struck gold after edging out Singapore’s relay team by the narrowest of margins. The second placed finish makes it a hat-trick of silver medals for Singapore’s sprint team, who also finished as runners-up in the 2009 and 2011 editions of the Games. Indonesia claimed bronze.
In the men’s road race 100km team time trial for cycling, the team from Vietnam comprising Le Van Duan, Mai Nguyen Hung, Trinh Duc Tam and Nguyen Thanh Tam swept home gold with an impressive timing of 2 hours 35 minutes 19.717 seconds, two minutes ahead of Thailand (2:38:51) who took silver and Malaysia (2:41:41) who clinched bronze.
Singapore’s team of four finished in fifth position behind Indonesia, with a timing of 2:50:39, following an arduous journey up the mountain side for Darren Low, Low Ji Wen, Ho Jun Rong, and Goh Choon Huat.
The next category for cycling take place, in the 100km/128km Individual Road Race for women will happen today.
Singapore Archer Chan Jing Ru overwhelmed by emotion after winning gold (photo by Andrew J K Tan/SSC).
Over at the Wunna Theikdi Archery Field, female archer Chan Jing Ru won Singapore’s first gold medal in the event in 30 years, after edging out her Indonesian rival in the women’s individual recurve final. She hit the bull’s-eye with her last shot to win the final round 6-4. In the afternoon Mixed Team recurve final, Vietnam clinched the Gold beating competition from Singapore’s Jing Ru and her teammate Tan Si Lie with a score of 142-136.
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Highlights for 17 December 2013