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Soh Rui Yong

Singapore has a new national record holder for long-distance category in marathon, the new record was set by none other than Soh Rui Yong who smashed his previous record when he participated in Valencia Marathon on December 5.

In this Singapore news today, let’s take a look at the stunning feats of Singapore’s new national record holder for marathon.

Setting a new record

The official website of the Valencia Marathon has written that Soh Rui Yong managed to log an official time of 2:22:59. Soh’s new record swept away his previous log in time of 2:23:4 which he previously held back in March 2019 during the Seoul Marathon. 

According to a Facebook post by Soh, he said “I push myself to the limits when I train and race. The thing is, anyone can do it too with the right mindset. The winds that blew when I was racing, making the race mch more difficult to bear, however, the overwhelming support of the fans was tremendous and it helped us finish the race. I’m grateful to Marathon Valencia.”

The race was actually won by Lawrence Cherono of Kenya, he has logged in a record of 2:05:12. Even so, Soh didn’t win but what he showed in Spain is enough. As a result, the Singapore Athletics wants to support Soh in Asian Games that will be held in Hangzhou next year.

Requirement for the SEA Games

The standard timing to be nominated to participate in the Games was 2:23:42, according to Singapore Athletics. This is a perfect opportunity for the sixth-placer of the 2018 Asian games.

The news was already announced a week prior to the qualification of Soh for the 10,000m at the Asiad.

The marathon standard timing for the next SEA Games earned the 30-year old runner a nomination. The standard timing record was set at 2:33:08, Which also corresponds to the Timing for the bronze medal at the 2019 Games.

Soh is no stranger to the SEA Games as held two gold championship titles for the tournament in 2015 and 2017, although his qualifications for the 2019 edition was rejected by the Singapore National Olympic Council. 

Other known feats

Aside from this stunning marathon feat, Soh is also the present record holder of the national records for the 10,000m and the half marathon, the 5,000m, and in September he set a national best time for the 2.4km run.

The 2.4km Run was an event for the famous isotonic beverage brand Pocari Sweat which was previously tailored specifically to test Soh Rui Yong’s skill set. Soh managed to impress the crowd with how fast he is.

He logged in with a record of 6 minutes and 53.18 seconds. The feat was so amazingly fast that it can be compared to running in a 400m lap with 69 seconds for each lap.

The event was overseen by the representatives of the Singapore Athletics which all of them are  keen to witness Soh Rui yong’s impressive marathon skills and the result of his vigorous training.

The challenges to the champion

Despite being a SEA Games marathon champion two times, he admitted that he has a love/hate relationship with running. He said that there are times that he has felt dread every time he is going to compete, citing that the pressures and expectations are sometimes too much.

He previously gained a few mixed opinions on social media when he previously posted a challenge to anyone who wants to beat his record in Pocari Sweat. Some people took it as bragging, but there were also comments that supported the athlete.

Conclusion

The upcoming 31st SEA Games will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam and will run from May 12 – 23 next year. The event was previously postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the 19th Asian Games will run from September 10 to 25 next year.