Mok wins first men's marathon gold
MOK Ying Ren emerged victorious in the South-east Asian Games men's marathon yesterday, becoming the first Singaporean to do so.
Finishing at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium, he timed 2hr 28min 35sec for the gold. In second place was Aye Thuang of Myanmar in 2:29:49 while Filipino Eric Panique was third in 2:30:29.
The men completed five loops around a hilly course in chilly 17 deg C weather, before finishing in the stadium.
After the race, the 25-year-old Mok had only two words: "Swee (Hokkien for beautiful), lah."
It was also a beautiful day for Singapore's Chan Jing Ru, who won gold in the women's recurve (individual) competition at the Wunna Theikdi Archery Field. She won a nail-biting final 6-4 against Titik Kusumawadarni, scoring a bull's eye for 10 points in her final shot while the Indonesian managed only seven points.
It was Singapore's first archery gold since 1983, when it hosted the Games. "I didn't even dare to think about gold after I qualified for the final yesterday," said Chan, 23. "I was just focused on taking the next shot all the time."
On the track, Singapore's 4x100m relay sprint team clinched a silver medal yesterday with a time of 39.79sec - 0.04sec behind Thailand.
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