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Progressing from SEA Games to Rio

20 August, 2015   Tay Yu Shan

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1. What are you known as in the States? Does the name “Guillaume” mean anything?

That’s a French name. I only use it in France. My dad speaks French. He got his engineering degree in France on a scholarship. I speak a bit of French, enough to introduce myself. My name is pronounced “Gi-Yaum” – in French, double Ls are pronounced as Y.

2. SEA Games Pre-race ritual?

I normally eat the same thing before every race which is, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a sport drink from SiS (Science in Sport) and a banana.

Before the SEA Games I decided to listen to some music, mostly upbeat music such as Maroon 5 songs, ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem and this song from TobyMac called ‘Beyond Me’. There is a particular line in that song which I really like.

3. Did you feel additional pressure to win from the marathon being one of the first events at the SEA Games?

The marathon was on the morning of 7th June. I was the only one from the Singapore team who did not go for the SEA Games Opening Ceremony. It was too close to my race and I wanted to ensure that I was in the optimum state to win my race.

Read the full article interview here on SportSanity.