Wai Ching bags second tower run title in same weekend


Fine form: Tower runner Soh Wai Ching wins again.

PETALING JAYA: Soh Wai Ching continued his fine run of victories by winning the inaugural Naza Tower Run on Sunday.

The world No. 1 tower runner clearly stood out as he conquered the 49-storey building in five minutes and 16 seconds to win the men’s open category.

Mohd Hazim Zuhairi Azahari clocked 6:02 to finish second and Wong Chin Chun finished third with 6:45.

Although he had lifted the inaugural Malaysia Towerrunning University Championship on Saturday, the 30-year-old showed no sign of fatigue having to run another race within 24 hours.

Wai Ching however, said he could have improved his timing if he had chosen to use a different technique during the climb.

"I focused more on testing my speed using a more conservative technique at the beginning of the race before I accelerated to the finish. I could have gone faster," he said.

"Everything went well during the race. The staircase condition, handrails, and air conditioning were all good.

"Thanks to the organisers because this will encourage more people to participate in future editions," he said.

Wai Ching was recently crowned as the Towerrunning world champion after conquering the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan earlier this month.

But that’s not enough for Wai Ching.

"After this, I will compete in two consecutive races in Poland and Germany. My goal is to win more than 20 out of 30 races this year," he said.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Serene Cheong emerged as champion with a time of 7:16, ahead of Malaysia’s Michele Tan (7:42) and Teo Sze Hui (8:04) in the women's event.

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