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.