Doctor sat next to patient at the post-Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) press conference on Sunday (Dec 9).
But the physician was not there to offer medical support.
Rather, Lim Baoying was receiving acclaim for being the top local woman finisher at the SCSM.
The 36-year-old was a surprise winner, clocking 3hr 16min 36sec, ahead of 2017's top local woman Rachel See (3:18:36) and Hu Xiuying (3:18:57).
Lim had run the SCSM almost every year since 2006, and her previous best finish was fifth last year.
The resident physician at the Changi Sports Medicine Centre had treated Soh Rui Yong - who emerged the top Singaporean male runner on Sunday - after he picked up a foot injury at the Berlin Marathon in September.
"After Berlin I was struggling with posterior tibial tendinosis in my left foot. It was very sore," explained Soh. "So when I came back to Singapore, I went to see Baoying, and she gave me this very painful treatment called a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection.
"Now I'm much better. I was able to cool down after my race. Usually I'm limping around, so it was very effective, and I'm very glad I get to share the stage with Baoying.
"It's as though it has come full circle."
Lim was giddy with excitement at her unexpected achievement, breaking out in fits of giggles while answering questions.
Aside from juggling training with work and studies, she also had to contend with a sprained left ankle - she injured it on Saturday after stepping on an uneven grass patch - making her unlikely victory even more impressive.
"I'm currently doing a Masters programme as well, so I have really under-trained this year," she explained. "I've been sleeping past midnight almost every night. So to win is amazing."