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Lloyd Valberg

Inspired by a picture of American high jumper Lester Steers, Lloyd Valberg began his athletic career at age 17 and, in 1947, set a new Singapore high jump record of 1.87 metres and equaled the high hurdles record with a time of 15.5 seconds.

In 1948, as Singapore’s sole representative in the Olympic Games in London, Lloyd qualified for the high jump final. He was eventually placed 14th. In 1951, he was Captain and flag bearer of the Singapore contingent to the 1st Asian Games in New Delhi. He claimed a bronze medal in the hurdles and 6th place in the high jump. Lloyd’s versatility as an athlete also had him attempting the triple jump for the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

When Lloyd eventually retired from competitive athletics, he continued his involvement in sports by becoming a coach, helping a new generation of athletes. Once again demonstrating his versatility, he also began organising, coaching and promoting softball. He became President of the Softball Association in 1968 and also became Vice-President of the Amateur Boxing Association from 1966 to 1968.

LLoyd Valberg

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