National table tennis legend Feng Tianwei rose to fame during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where she helped the women’s team bag a silver medal in the newly-introduced event. That silver was Singapore’s second-ever Olympic medal, ending a 48-year medal drought.
The next Games, she was determined to win an individual medal of her own. She emerged victorious with a bronze medal, becoming the second Singaporean to win an individual Olympic medal. Her London 2012 team – the same team as in 2008 – added another bronze to this tally.
In 2014, Tianwei brought home three gold medals from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. That same year, she was also women’s singles champion at the Japan Open.
She won the women’s singles event at the 2015 Asian Cup, dethroning China, who had taken the title for the past seven years.
Tianwei next took part in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Though seeded second in the tournament – her highest-ever ranking – she bowed out in the quarter-finals. The women’s team also lost to Japan in the bronze medal match.