Running on Empty: The Story Behind 0.01s

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Crossing the line in May 2018

A deep look into Singapore Athletics through the career of Singapore’s fastest man, UK Shyam

0.01 seconds was what it took to cement UK Shyam as Singapore’s fastest sprinter ever, breaking C Kunalan’s 33-year-old 100m record on 27 August  2001 at the World University Games in Beijing. Barely a month later, he equalled his own national record at the 21st SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. Shyam’s 10.37s timing still stands as the national record to date.

To commemorate his journey, and in conjunction with the upcoming Games which will be held in Kuala Lumpur again after 16 years, the record holder for the 100 metres will be releasing a book about his track and field journey in early 2018.

Written by former national athlete Kenneth Khoo, and extensively supported by interviews with athletes like former swimmer Ang Peng Siong, former journalist Jose Raymond and other sportswriters, sports personalities, Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) members and coaches, Running on Empty follows Shyam’s eventful track career from the 1990s–early 2000s, where he won his first race at the National Schools Track and Field Championships in 1993, to being the golden boy of Singapore athletics in 2001 amidst controversies with the media.

Running on Empty is a story about resilience and fighting against the odds, about falling down and getting up again—all in the pursuit of one dream.

This is the story behind 0.01 seconds.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation to support underprivileged youth athletes.

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