Two-time gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games marathon event Soh Rui Yong is attempting to add another milestone to his track and field career when he tries to break the 5,000m national record at the Flash Athletics Club annual Flash Relays to be held on Saturday, 7 October at the Bishan Stadium.
The record is currently being held by Mok Ying Ren, who clocked 14:51.09s at the Tokyo University Time trials on 28 May 2011.
Said Soh: "Indonesian distance runner Agus Prayogo was due to race in the same event but unfortunately he is unable to make it. His presence would have helped me a lot and he would have pushed me hard to the record but in any case, it is a target I have set for myself and hope I am able to do it."
An annual event, the Flash Relays is meant to enhance the athletics scene by infusing the the spirit of competition and engagement.
The Flash Relays will involve more than 80 teams, involving about 400 athletes from clubs and track and field affiliates.
"We aim to reach out and strengthen relationships with our partners in athletics, in support of SportSG’s mission to create greater sporting opportunities and access, more inclusivity and integration," said Colonel (NS) Malik Aljunied, Vice-President, Competitions of Flash.
"Relay competitions have always brought out the best in athletes; the adrenaline pump, the thrill of the chase and the euphoria of overtaking and winning the race. It brings athletes closer together with a common strength of purpose, a shared will to win and team spirit. The relays are always the highlight of the track & field programme, promoting team cohesion and values of resilience and perseverance," added Edmond Pereira, President of Flash.
The event is free of charge and will start at 2.30pm, and is scheduled to end at 9pm.