S'porean marathoner Soh Rui Yong breaks men's 5,000m national record

14 minutes and 44.21 seconds.

Syahindah Ishak | July 18, 2021, 09:59 PM

Singaporean marathoner and two-time SEA Games gold medallist Soh Rui Yong has set a new national record yet again.

At the Singapore Athletics (SA) All Comers Meet 4 on Saturday (July 17) night, Soh clocked a timing of 14 minutes and 44.21 seconds for the men's 5,000 metres.

His record is pending ratification by SA, according to The Straits Times.

The previous record for the men's 5,000 metres was 14min 51.09sec, which was set by Mok Ying Ren in 2011, reported ST.

Was hot and humid on the day of his record-breaking run

In a Facebook post on July 17, Soh said that it was "very hot and humid" in Singapore on the day of his run.

When the race started, he said that it was around 29°C to 30°C.

However, Soh did his best to "keep [his] cool" both mentally and physically.

Four national records

With this latest record, Soh has now broken a total of four national records:

  • Marathon (2hr 23min 42sec) in 2019
  • Half marathon (1hr 06min 41sec) in 2019
  • 10,000m (31min 15.95sec) in 2014
  • 5,000m (14min 44.21sec) in 2021

Soh stated in his Facebook post that he is the "first man in history" to complete a quadruple of national records.

First national record broken in home soil

This is also the first time Soh has broken a national record in home soil. The other three were completed overseas.

Soh wrote in his post:

"All I could do was relax as much as possible and focus on what I could control.

Though not as significant to the public eye as the marathon record, the 5,000m record holds the most significance to me. It proved that we can train and race distance events well in Singapore - we just need good preparation, to get into good shape, and to believe in ourselves.

And that applies to whatever challenges or disadvantages we face in life as well."

Here's his full Facebook post:

And here's a video of Soh during his record-breaking run:

Top image from Soh Rui Yong/FB.