Marathon: Mok gets there, in the end

There was some confusion at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore Sunday over who had won the local men's race.

In the end, Singapore's No. 1 Mok Ying Ren took his place on the podium as the local men's winner.

Mok posted a time of 2hr 54min and 17.9sec - some way off his personal best and national record of 2:26:30 clocked at the Gold Coast Marathon in July - but he was happy with the result as he had to re-adjust to conditions here after returning from a month-long stint in Japan.

With the South-east Asia (SEA) Games marathon event in Myanmar just two weeks away, the 25-year-old now faces the challenge of keeping himself at his peak as he enters a medical officer conversion course today as part of his National Service.

"I think it was a good run and I met my objective of controlled running to acclimatise to the heat," said Mok, who donated $2,500 of his $10,000 prize money to SportCares, a subsidiary of the Singapore Sports Council.

"It's good preparation for the SEA Games in two weeks' time and I enjoyed it."

Mok's win was not entirely certain at first.

A couple of minutes before he crossed the line, announcers had declared that another Singaporean had finished first.

Even though the release of the winners' names eventually cleared up who finished first, more confusion arose when Alex Ong, who was part of the leading pack with Mok and supposedly finished second, was nowhere to be found on the officials' lists.

While Soon Suan Boon and Gordon Lim will remain as second and third for now, race organisers Spectrum Worldwide are now investigating the incidents, which could take around a week.

A spokesperson from the company said: "Two runners have submitted appeals regarding the results for the local category of the 42.195km marathon that took place at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2013.

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"Officials are currently investigating both appeals and the outcome will be released once a resolution has been reached. "Further details will be made available once all investigations have been completed."

It was more straightforward in the local women's event.

Anne Qi Hui claimed the title despite struggling with an upset stomach.

The 33-year-old suffered the problem during the race, which caused her to throw up at least five times.

However, Qi, who holds the national record for the women's 10km, ran through the pain and clocked 3:07:30.38 to claim the $10,000 prize.


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