Defying all the odds stacked against him, OCT (Dr) Mok Ying Ren clinched Singapore’s first gold at the recently-concluded Myanmar SEA Games. Finishing with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 35 seconds, OCT (Dr) Ying Ren had arrived in Myanmar at only 5pm the day before the race – he was undergoing his Medical Officers’ Conversion Course (MOCC) and had just booked out a day before the SEA Games. Any chance of winning was made even bleaker by the fact that he had a cough and a strained thigh muscle.
OCT (Dr) Ying Ren admitted, “I wasn’t confident of winning initially. There was a lot of media hype and it was stressful for me. Additionally, the conditions were not ideal as it was a hilly course.” Fortunately, he persevered through the 42.195km. The training that he underwent in his MOCC helped, he said: “Through training events in NS such as road marches and field camps, I built up my perseverance and mental resilience.”