Mok Ying Rong follows in the footsteps of her brother Mok Ying Ren, a double SEA Games gold medallist in the marathon and triathlon. The 25-year-old physiotherapist previously held the national half-marathon record of 1:23:14, which was only broken last year.
Ying Rong was already competing in swimming in primary school and then represented her swimming club at the club and national level. She dabbled in triathlons for a while before focusing on running.
Taking it more seriously, she represented Raffles Girls Secondary at national meets and after finishing on the podium regularly, she decided to try national level events. Some of her prouder moments include representing Singapore at the Asian Cross Country in Bahrain at just 16 years old and also going to the 2016 World Cross Country Championships.
Initially Ying Rong picked up road cycling for fun, then she decided to take part in duathlons since it consisted of both running and cycling. This year’s SEA Games will feature the duathlon and that prompted her to go for the trials at the Singapore Duathlon 2019 – where she came in second and earned her ticket to the SEA Games.
Her most memorable race is the Tri-Factor duathlon in Belitung which she won. “I feel really excited about the SEA Games later this year and am preparing for it with daily runs and bike sessions, along with strengthening sessions to stay injury free,” she said.
Earlier in her life, Ying Rong had five stress fractures in her left foot at one point. Her research into her injuries was what sparked her interest in physiotherapy. She now manages her own physiotherapy clinic The Rehab Lab and the only time Ying Rong gets to train is before work at 6am and after work at 9pm. And weekends of course.
“Being supported by PURPOSE inspires me to constantly remind myself of my passion and the reasons for being in the sport. Having a brand believe in me keeps me going when the going gets hard,” she added. “I really like how the PURPOSE products are very comfortable, even in Singapore’s heat and humidity.”