Singapore's fastest marathoner Soh Rui Yong has won gold at the SEA Games men's marathon at Putrajaya on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.
Soh's second consecutive gold
This is the 26-year-old's second consecutive gold medal at the Games.
He finished in a time of 2hr 29min 27sec in a 15-strong field.
Soh's national record is 2hr 24min 55sec.
The 42.195km race started at 6am Singapore time.
Hot and humid weather
Soh fended off the challenge by Indonesian Agus Prayogo to defend his gold medal.
Thailand's defending silver medallist Boonthung Srisung crashed out after 30km into the route.
Singapore's other participant Mok Ying Ren, who won the SEA Games gold medal in Myanmar in 2013, finished seventh in 2hr 44min 31sec.
Soh and Mok are considered Singapore's strongest-ever pair of distance runners at the Games.
Soh said in a previous interview before the Games he knew he could outlast his regional competitors in hot and humid running conditions.
Soh is sponsored by ASICS & H-Two-O.
Top photo via Soh Chui Lian