Team Singapore records best SEA Games performance
Water Polo - Men's Round Robin - Singapore v Indonesia - The Singapore team celebrates winning the gold medal in front of the crowd 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters
• Team Singapore delivered 84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze medals, ranked second South East Asian nation
• Chefs de Mission Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang impressed with Team Singapore’s 25 Games Records, 29 National Records, 74 Personal Bests and many breakthrough performances
• Extraordinary SEA Games outing with great support from organisers, volunteers, home crowd supporters and fans
Team Singapore recorded a historic medal haul of 259 medals (84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze medals) at the 28th South East Asia Games (SEA Games) which concluded today in Singapore. The contingent of 747 athletes and 347 officials is the largest ever team representing Singapore at a major Games, of which 421 athletes made their first appearance at the SEA Games.
Team Singapore’s journey at the SEA Games over the past 18 days in 36 sports were fuelled by inspiring, historic and impressive performances which boosted Singapore’s standing to second position on the medal tally – the highest ranking our Republic has achieved since the 1975 South East Asian Peninsular Games in Thailand where we finished second place behind the host. This haul also surpassed Singapore’s record of 164 medals (50 Gold, 40 Silver and 74 Bronze) when the Games was hosted in Singapore in 1993.
Of the 36 sports which Team Singapore participated in, Swimming achieved the highest medal count of 42 (23 Gold, 12 Silver and 7 Bronze medals). Swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen were among the most bemedalled athletes at the Games with nine Gold medals and 12 medals respectively, winning one in every event they competed in.
There were also many breakthrough performances to celebrate. The synchronised swimming team won their first Gold medal in their sport in the Team Free Combination event. Sprinter Shanti Pereira broke the national record and clocked her personal best timing in the Women’s 200m finals, contributing a Gold medal to Athletics’ achievement of 9 medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals) and at the same time, breaking a 42-year medal drought in this event.
Windsurfer Audrey Yong beat the odds and sailed a consistent regatta to win Singapore’s first gold medal in a women’s windsurfing event. The Sailing team marked their best SEA Games outing ever with 10 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze medals.
Also on the water at Bedok Reservoir, water-skier Mark Leong set a Games Record, National Record and Personal Best in the Men’s Slalom event, adding on to the four waterski Games records. The canoeists also set a record haul of seven Gold medals. Other teams who have impressed were from Rhythmic Gymnastics, Equestrian, Wushu and Netball, among many others.
“Team Singapore has put in fantastic efforts to make this a successful SEA Games. Besides the medal achievements, 25 Games, 29 National and 74 Personal Best (across six disciplines) records were achieved by our athletes. They have inspired the entire nation repeatedly over the past 18 days, what a great way to mark Singapore’s jubilee.
“The support from the different stakeholders such as Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Sport Singapore and the Singapore National Olympic Council as well as the community have prepared the team well for a historic performance on home ground. The organisers and volunteers have made the 28th SEA Games a memorable Games for many of us. This has been an incredibly meaningful and extraordinary journey for Team Singapore,” said Chefs de Mission Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang.