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Athletics: Soh Rui Yong clocks fastest 10,000m on Singapore soil

Singapore marathoner Soh Rui Yong meets SNOC's Asian Games qualifying mark for men's 10,000m, first Singaporean male to qualify for event

Image via Romaine Soh

29 November 2021, Singapore - Singapore marathoner Soh Rui Yong has made history by becoming the first Singaporean man to qualify for an Asian Games 10,000m event.

Soh's time of 31 minutes 28.67 seconds in the men's 10,000m at last night's Singapore Athletics All Comers 5 meet held at the Home of Athletics, met the qualifying mark of 31:44.14 that was set by the Singapore National Olympic Council for the 2022 Asian Games.

The qualifying mark is the equivalent of a sixth place finish at the previous Asian Games.

Image via Pocari Sweat

Soh had previously recorded a time of 31:57 on 11 September for the same event, which fell short of the qualifying mark by 13 seconds. The run however saw him becoming the first Singaporean to run below 32 minutes for 10,000m.

Soh will next be flying to Spain to compete in the Valencia Marathon on 5 December, his first full marathon event in two years.

His last marathon was the 2019 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, in which he emerged as the local champion, clocking a time of 2 hours 45 mins 52 sec.


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