SEA Games marathon: Singapore's Soh Rui Yong wins gold

SEA Games marathon: Singapore's Soh Rui Yong wins gold

Soh Rui Yong took first place in the men's marathon with a time of 2:34.56.

Soh Rui Yong crossing the finish line at the 28th SEA Games marathon event. (Photo: Ernest Chua/TODAY)

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Soh Rui Yong Guillaume won the men's marathon gold at the 28th SEA Games with a time of 2:34.56 on Sunday (Jun 7).

He beat Thailand’s Boonthung Srisung in the final 400m at the Kallang Practice Track to clinch the top spot, TODAY reported. Srisung finished 13 seconds behind at 2:35.09.

Singapore's other representative, Ashley Liew, finished eighth with a time of 2:44.02.At one point, Soh was 40 seconds behind the leader, Thailand's Sirsung. Soh caught up halfway through, and kept pace with the Thai athlete up till the last kilometre.

And with 200 metres to go, the 23-year-old turned on the afterburners to finish first. "That's the way to run a marathon - be patient," said Soh. "So I cut the gap from 40 to 30 to 20 and eventually caught up to them at halfway. And then, it was just a battle of attrition."

Source: CNA/av