S’pore SEA Games men’s marathon gold medal streak broken
The marathoners came in 7th and 9th place.
Singapore long-distance runners Gordon Lim and Loh Yu Ting came in seventh and ninth place on Dec. 6 morning at the Southeast Asian Games marathon event, marking the end of Singapore’s gold medal streak at the men’s marathon event.
Gold medal streak ends for Singapore
It was the first time since 2011 that Singapore failed to obtain a gold medal from the event, nor make it to the podium.
Marathoner Mok Ying Ren first struck gold in 2013 at the SEA Games, while athlete Soh Rui Yong continued the gold medal streak in 2015 and 2017.
Soh, 27, was not selected to be part of the SEA Games 2019 team in August, despite making up 50 per cent of Singapore’s gold medal haul at track and field events in 2017.
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) rejected the nomination put forward by Singapore Athletics (SA) for Soh’s participation.
Lim, who came in seventh place at this year’s event was trained by Soh, according to Singapore Athletics.
Indonesian athlete Prayogo Agus won the event with a timing of 2:26:48. He came in second during the 2017 SEA Games.
Female marathoner Serena Teoh finished fifth place at the women’s event, while fellow runner Hu Xiuying did not manage to complete the event.
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