Eastview School coach Ho breaks 24-year gold drought

Eastview School coach Ho breaks 24-year gold drought
STRONG MAN: Ho Han Boon celebrating his win by lifting teammates (from left) Vanessa Ng, Ngo Yee Ling and Ang Xuan Yi.

There was no question who the most popular man at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium on Saturday evening was.

Every few seconds, Singapore judoka Ho Han Boon would get a tap on his shoulder and the following question: "Excuse me, photo?"

The 24-year-old, who won the Republic's first South-east Asia (SEA) Games judo gold medal in 24 years after coming out tops in the over 100kg category, obliged each and every time.

Some of his new "fans" held up his gold medal as they posed for photos, but Ho knew what the real fascination is all about.

"I know they've never seen such a big guy before," the SEA Games debutant said with a smile.

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Ho knows people are intrigued by his 1.92m, 188kg frame.

He sportingly hammed it up for the cameras, letting one Myanmarese fan bearhug him for one photo, and sweeping a Filipina athlete off her feet for another.

The judo coach at Eastview Secondary School has no issues with his weight, or naysayers who say he is too fat to be an athlete.

"I can't do anything when people make negative comments about my size," he said.

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