Olympic fever has gripped the nation as Team Singapore’s athletes have started their journey towards making a mark at the Olympic Games 2016 being held in Rio.
Athletes representing Singapore this year include, swimmers Joseph Schooling, Quah Zheng Wen and Quah Ting Wen, shuttler Derek Wong and Liang Xiaoyu, table tennis players Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu, Gao Ning, Zhou Yihan, and Chen Feng, shooters Jasmine Ser, and Teo Shun Xie, athletes Neo Jie Shi, and Jin Wei Timothee Yap, the sailors Colin Cheng, Elizabeth Yin, Amanda Ng, Denise Lim, Audrey Yong, Leonard Ong, Sara Tan, Griselda Khng, Jovina Bei Fen Choo, Justin Liu, and rower, Aisyah Saiyidah.
Commonwealth Games silver medalist Wong, has been appointed the flagbearer for the Rio Olympic Games, and will lead the 25 members contingent in Brazil.
Singapore’s 1st Olympic rower Saiyidah advances to quarter-finals
Faced with choppy waters she had never competed in before, Aisyah Saiyidah improvised, adapted and most of all, rowed like she had never before.
This Singaporean is the country’s first Olympic rower and the trailblazer continued her remarkable journey by reaching the quarter-finals of the women’s singles sculls at the Rio Games.
Her time of 8min 44.71sec might have been almost a minute slower than her personal best but the only number that mattered was three, the position she finished in heat 4 under the scorching sun at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Copacabana.
Schooling is the crowd favourite
Singaporean fans are most excited for star swimmer Joseph Schooling, who is tipped for a podium spot in Rio, as well as the three-time Olympic medalist, table tennis player Feng Tianwei who will be defending the women’s singles bronze from the 2012 Games.
The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games will mark Team Singapore’s 17th participation at the Summer Olympic Games. With debutants, seasoned campaigners and medalists in the contingent, Singaporean fans are quite confident that they will fly the flag high and do Singapore proud in Rio.