Soh Rui Yong becomes first Singaporean to finish the 2.4km run in under 7 minutes

The 30-year-old adds another national record to his name.

Brandon Leong

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Published: 6 September 2021, 11:51 AM

The Singapore record for both the men’s and women’s 2.4km run has been rewritten. 

On Saturday (Sep 4), Soh Rui Yong became the first Singaporean man to complete it in under seven minutes, doing so in 6 minutes and 54 seconds. 

The 30-year-old national long distance runner also holds the national records for 5,000m, 10,000m, half marathon (21km) and marathon (42km). 

Rui Yong broke the record at Kallang practice track as part of the Pocari Sweat Singapore 2.4km challenge, officiated by Singapore Athletics. 

Vanessa Lee also became the first Singaporean woman to complete the 2.4km run in under eight minutes, with a timing of 7 minutes and 59 seconds. 

For anyone looking to challenge themselves, the Pocari Sweat 2.4km challenge is open to members of the public and you can register here to participate.

The race will have two modes: virtual and on-ground race. 

The virtual race includes the 2.4km, 7km, 12km, 17km and 24km categories and will take place from Oct 1 to Oct 21. 

The on-ground race is a 2.4km run which will take place at the Kallang practice track on the weekend of the Oct 9 and Oct 10. 

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