SEA Games: Mok Ying Ren lands Singapore's first ever men's marathon gold
- POSTED: 16 Dec 2013 14:16
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Mok Ying Ren, a 25-year-old trainee doctor, has landed Singapore's first ever men's marathon gold at the Myanmar SEA Games.
SINGAPORE: Mok Ying Ren has landed Singapore's first ever men's marathon gold at the Myanmar SEA Games.
The 25-year-old trainee doctor crossed the finish line on Monday in a time of two hours, 28 minutes and 36 seconds.
Despite only arriving in Nay Pyi Taw on Sunday because of a medical officers' course he had to attend, Mok finished nearly a minute and a half ahead of his closest rivals from Myanmar and the Philippines.
He revealed after the race that he needed a good strategy for the run because of the route's hilly terrain.
He said: "I knew that it would be a mistake to go out hard in the first few kilometres, actually the first few rounds... because it was hilly out and downhill when we came back.
"At the turnover mark, I could see them (the leaders) very close, and then over the last one kilometre, I caught (up with) the Myanmar runner."
Mok's victory ends his six-year wait for a second SEA Games gold. He last won the top award in the men's triathlon at the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand.