S'pore's so-called fastest 2.4km runner isn't actually the fastest - an army officer beat him to it

Sep 09, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Local marathon runner Soh Rui Yong self-claimed himself as the fastest 2.4km runner in Singapore clocking 6 minutes and 53 seconds around a track last Saturday (Sep 4).

Soh then took to Facebook to challenge other runners, including commandos, to run 2.4km under 7 minutes.

Army Lieutenant clocked an even faster 2.4km record

Back in June 2021, an army lieutenant by the name of Ethan Yan clocked an impressive 6 minutes and 39 seconds for a 2.4km run organised by the Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association (SAFSA).

It is not known if Singapore keeps a record of all 2.4km official timings.

The Challenge

Soh's 2.4km challenge will take place on Oct 9 and 10, 2021 and will be timed by Pocari Sweat - Soh's sponsor.

The winner will take S$700 cash personally from Soh as well as 700 bottles of Pocari Sweat.

Soh wrote: "But as a gesture of goodwill, I shall offer everyone, commando or not, the following incentive: Any Singaporean who runs sub-7:00 for 2.4km at next month’s Pocari Sweat Singapore 2.4km Run (Ground Race, 9-10 Oct) will receive $700 and 700 bottles of Pocari Sweat, both paid for by me."

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.