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Soh Rui Yong clocked a time of 2:41.49 to be the first Singaporean to complete the 2018 Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon. Photo: Sport Singapore news

Soh defends his national championship at the 2018 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

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2017 SEA Games Champion, Soh Rui Yong was the fastest Singaporean clocking 2:41:49 to defend his championship title while Lim Baoying was Singapore's top female finisher coming in at 3:16:36.

 

Soh Rui Yong clocked a time of 2:41.49 to be the first Singaporean to complete the 2018 Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon. Photo: Sport SingaporeSoh Rui Yong clocked a time of 2:41.49 to be the first Singaporean to complete the 2018 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. Photo: Sport Singapore

Speaking on the win, Soh said: “It’s an honour to be this year’s National Champion, having competed against such a tough field. The race was a complete joy to run from start to finish, the organisation was smooth and the setup bodes well for future editions.”

Joshua Kipkorir of Kenya clocked a time of 2:12:20 to win the men’s division of the elite category, the second fastest time in the race’s history.

In the women’s division, Priscah Cherono of Kenyan crossed the line with a time of 2:32:12 to win the title.

CEO, Lim Teck Yin, flags off the participants at the 2018 Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon. Photo: Sport SingaporeSport Singapore CEO, Lim Teck Yin, flags off the participants at the 2018 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. Photo: Sport Singapore

The 17th edition of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon introduced a new two-day format where the Kids Dash, 5km and 10km category kicked off on Saturday (8 Dec).

“This year, we’ve made several improvements, to deliver the best edition of SCSM yet. We have received positive feedback from participants about the new route and features like ice chips, additional road closures, hydration stations, and the variety of entertainment points,” said Geoff Meyer, Executive Race Director for Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and Managing Director of IRONMAN Asia.

Participants poses for a photo after completing their race. Photo: Sport SingaporeParticipants pose for a photo after completing their race. Photo: Sport Singapore

This year’s event also saw the inaugural elite Wheelchair Marathon race. Japan’s Kota Hokonuie and 2016 Paralympics champion, Zou Lihong of China came out victors in the men’s and women’s category with a time of 1:13:36 and 1:46:48 respectively.

All finishers of the Standard Chartered Marathon were also invited to the after race party at 1-Altitude, where the first 300 full marathon finishers who turned up with their medals enjoyed free entry and one pint of beer free.

See Leng (L), full marathon runner: 'This year’s marathon was much more organised than previous years and it was great that there were more water stations and cooling points this time round.' Photo by Sport Singapore See Leng (L), full marathon runner:

"This year’s marathon was much more organised than previous years and it was great that there were more water stations and cooling points this time round." Photo: Sport Singapore

 

Lye Khong, full marathon runner:  'The last 12 kilometres of the marathon was the toughest but I’m happy I managed to push through to the finish line! Even though it was tiring I will probably be doing it again.' Photo by Sport SingaporeLye Khong, full marathon runner: 

"The last 12 kilometres of the marathon was the toughest but I’m happy I managed to push through to the finish line! Even though it was tiring I will probably be doing it again." Photo: Sport Singapore

 

Steven (3-R), full marathon runner: 'We’re here with a bunch of other runners from Cape Town and we’ll be going to Bangkok for another marathon after this. Singapore is such a beautiful city but the weather is just too hot.'   Candice(2-R), full marathon runner: 'It's my first time running the marathon in Singapore and I think was quite amazing to be running all alone on the highway. As natural instinct I was worried about my safety because people, especially women, we don’t ever run alone in Cape Town where I’m from. It was such a strange feeling, in a good way.'     Ian (R), full marathon runner: 'It was quite a challenging marathon for me to finish because of the humid weather, I think I must have drank around 8-9 litres of water already. But now I’m rewarding myself with a couple of beers.' Photo by Sport SingaporeSteven (3-R), full marathon runner:

"We’re here with a bunch of other runners from Cape Town and we’ll be going to Bangkok for another marathon after this. Singapore is such a beautiful city but the weather is just too hot."

 

Candice(2-R), full marathon runner:

"It's my first time running the marathon in Singapore and I think was quite amazing to be running all alone on the highway. As natural instinct I was worried about my safety because people, especially women, we don’t ever run alone in Cape Town where I’m from. It was such a strange feeling, in a good way."

 

 

Ian (R), full marathon runner:

"It was quite a challenging marathon for me to finish because of the humid weather, I think I must have drank around 8-9 litres of water already. But now I’m rewarding myself with a couple of beers." Photo: Sport Singapore

 

Adrian (L), half marathon runner: 'I’ve been here for three months but it was nice to see a different view of the city during the race.'   Christoph, full marathon runner: 'this was my first time running a marathon, and I thought I would just do the full one because as they say, no pain no gain. I was nearly in tears when I crossed the finishing line, it was a real achievement for me. But right now I just really need a massage.' Photo by Sport SingaporeAdrian (L), half marathon runner:

"I’ve been here for three months but it was nice to see a different view of the city during the race."

 

Christoph, full marathon runner:

"this was my first time running a marathon, and I thought I would just do the full one because as they say, no pain no gain. I was nearly in tears when I crossed the finishing line, it was a real achievement for me. But right now I just really need a massage." Photo: Sport Singapore

 

L-R: Sara Kvarfordh (half marathon runner), Eva-Lotta Stridh (half marathon runner), Johan Ostling (full marathon runner):   'The marathon was very well planned and everyone was so friendly here. It was nice to have so many water points along the track and volunteers to cheer you on to really give you that extra push especially towards the end, that was very helpful.' Photo by Sport SingaporeL-R: Sara Kvarfordh (half marathon runner), Eva-Lotta Stridh (half marathon runner), Johan Ostling (full marathon runner):

 

"The marathon was very well planned and everyone was so friendly here. It was nice to have so many water points along the track and volunteers to cheer you on to really give you that extra push especially towards the end, that was very helpful." Photo: Sport Singapore