Team Singapore marathoner Mok Ying Ren has won the Standard Chartered Marathon Local Men’s category for the eighth time, making him the most accomplished local runner in the history of the marathon.
Mok Ying Ren celebrates during the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on 4 December 2016. Photo: Sport Singapore
Mok made the unprecedented achievement with a time of 2:41:03, and fellow Team Singapore runner Ashley Liew came in second with a time of 2:49:46.
The Team Singapore marathoner had doubts before his run, but the run turned out better than he expected.
“Before the run, I had been a bit hesitant because since I came back to Singapore in July, I have been starting work and I have just been running once a day,” the 28-year-old said.
“Sometimes, I just run home as part of training so I was a bit confident of the race, but at the same time not sure how it will pan out because my longest run was just 32km.
“I’m glad it went well. I am happy to win the [eighth] time so I think it was a great day to me.”
For Liew, this run was a conditioning run as well, and all the Team Singapore runners worked together to pace each other during the first half of the race.
“Me, Dr. Mok and (Fang) Jianyong decided to go on our own and work together so it was really nice working together,” he said.
“It’s not really often in Singapore you get to work with two other good runners, so that was good having that company.”
Competitors in action during the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore. Photo: Sport Singapore
Both athletes have the 2017 SEA Games in their sights, and will compete in another marathon early next year to qualify for the regional competition.
“My next objective is to try to qualify for the SEA Games next year so I will be choosing a race somewhere in March to run a qualifying race,” he said.
“So this was more like a confidence booster to sustain the distance at a good pace.”
In the international category, Kenya continued its domination of the marathon as Felix Kiptoo Kirwa became the 12th Kenyan to win the race with a time of 2.17.17.