Athletics: Mok Ying Ren clocks new personal best, clears SEA Games qualifying mark

Athletics: Mok Ying Ren clocks new personal best, clears SEA Games qualifying mark

Mok clocked 2:26:07 in Seoul, some 11 minutes faster than the 2:37:10 he needs to qualify for the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Mok Ying Ren Seoul marathon

SINGAPORE: National long-distance runner Mok Ying Ren comfortably cleared the qualifying mark for the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur with a new personal best at the Seoul International Marathon on Sunday (Mar 19).

Mok clocked 2:26:07 in Seoul, some 11 minutes below the qualifying mark of 2:37:10.

In a Facebook post after the event, he wrote: "Great day at the office with a new personal best of 2 hours 26 min 07 seconds en route to qualifying for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games marathon."

Thanking his supporters, Mok quipped: "Time for some Korean BBQ?"


Mok won Singapore's first men's marathon gold at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar in a time of 2:28:36, but a shin injury kept him from defending his title on home soil in 2015.

The 2015 title was claimed by fellow Singaporean Soh Rui Yong in 2:34:56.

Soh has met the 2017 qualifying mark as well, clocking 2:24:55 at the Chicago Marathon in October 2016.

Source: CNA/dt

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