Photo: Stanley Cheah
Two-time SEA Games Gold Medalist, Soh Rui Yong, completed his first Berlin Marathon earlier this month with a finishing time of 02:25:05, in 49th place overall.
We may have been featuring quite a bit about him lately, but this is news as provisionally, this also qualifies him for the 2019 SEA Games in Manila, based on the criteria set by Singapore Athletics that puts the qualifying time as four per cent off the 2017 Bronze Medal winning time.
The SEA Games marathon qualifying time for the 2019 games is 02:37:56.
The official qualification criteria can be downloaded here.
When he arrived back in Singapore, Soh Rui Yong told us about his experience, “The Berlin Marathon was the first time I was training for a fast overseas marathon while working full-time and training in Singapore, so I wanted to get out there and put out a strong performance, in doing so hopefully showing the rest of our running community that it’s possible to run well while living our lifestyles, as long as we train well.”
“Race conditions were as good as you can get, and being in the same race Eliud Kipchoge’s world record performance is naturally a memory that will last forever, especially because he is also a good friend of mine since 2012, before he was even a marathoner.”