Singapore’s version of Rosie Ruiz
Singapore marathon ‘winner’ ran only 6 km
A pastry chef who stunned Singapore marathon organisers by being the first local runner across the finish line admitted he cheated — and has been doing so for years, a report said Thursday. Father-of-one Tam Chua Puh, 43, caused consternation when he finished Sunday’s race several minutes ahead of Singapore’s finest distance athletes in a time of 2hr 46min. However, Tam admitted he had run only six kilometres (3.7 miles) of the 42km race before giving up due to knee pain and taking a short cut straight to the finish line. Bespectacled Tam, wearing a baseball cap, baggy shorts and a knee brace, was initially declared the winner before organisers, after a hasty check, disqualified him for missing all the check points.