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SEA Games: Team Singapore could finish with 52-gold haul

The last few years have been rich for Singapore sport as the country has hit milestone after milestone, starting with a record gold haul at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, followed by Joseph Schooling's historic Olympic gold at the Rio Games last year.

That momentum is set to continue in Kuala Lumpur as the Republic's class of 2017 attempt to surpass their predecessors' best away performance ...more

Cricket: Singapore cautious on dual gold prospect

Singapore's men's cricket teams are the favourites to land golds at Twenty20 and 50-overs tournaments over the next fortnight in Kuala Lumpur, where the sport will be played as a medal sport for the first time in the SEA Games.

But the coaches and players are not over-confident despite the fact that they have the best record among the six participating national sides - Malaysia, Thailand, ...more

Football: Young Lions ready for Shah Alam 'cauldron'

To say the odds are against Singapore's SEA Games footballers in their crunch tie against Malaysia would be a big understatement.

The Young Lions looked toothless in their 0-2 opening loss to Myanmar on Monday, have won just three times in 17 matches since March and will face what is set to be a packed Shah Alam Stadium and a partisan crowd baying for a statement win from the hosts tonight.

The ...more

Ice skating: Speeding towards a medal dream

Short-track speed skater Lucas Ng knows that, no matter how fast he skates, he cannot escape the attention of his regional rivals ahead of the SEA Games.

This year's edition will include winter sports for the first time, but while most Games debutants face arguably less pressure to perform than their more established compatriots, Ng will likely begin with a target on his back already.

The ...more

Netballers confident of victory against Brunei

Singapore's road to their SEA Games netball gold two years ago started with a 72-21 win over Brunei.

While the defending champions believe the scoreline will be closer when both teams once again open their SEA Games campaigns against each other today, the Republic's new-look netball team are quietly confident of their chances of victory.

Emphasising that they are not taking their ...more

Deliver the six gold medals in KL, Joe


THERE are two lessons for Joseph Schooling - one from the genuine Usain Bolt of the track, and another from mega-star nicknamed the "Usain Bolt of the pool".

Schooling, the Singapore Olympic swimming gold medallist, has probably absorbed the lessons from recent happenings in the world of sport, but a reminder is timely.

With less than two weeks to go before the ...more

New cricket format no issue for ACSians

A good all-round effort helped Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) bag the C Division cricket title for a second consecutive year yesterday as their players also proved better equipped to deal with a new tournament format.

In order to give the schoolboys more breaks from the heat, for the first time the matches in the division were split into four innings of 10 overs each. Previously, the ...more

Triathletes training creatively for SEA Games gold

They may be underdogs, but national triathletes Willie Loo and Clement Chow are targeting nothing less than a one-two finish at the upcoming SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

"We don't just want to match our performances from two years ago. We won't be happy with that," said Loo, who won the bronze medal at the 2015 SEA Games on home soil (2hr 7min 1sec), with Chow (2:07:30) coming in fourth. "The ...more

Swimming: Schooling, Quah turn focus to SEA Games

They were both in good spirits as they entered the arrival hall at Changi Airport Terminal One yesterday, happy to be back home for a couple of weeks.

Yet the smiles on the faces of Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen did not hide their resolve to do better after the Fina swimming World Championships - both in the near future as well as in the long term.

After their exertions in ...more

Swimming: Youngest Quah in Texas move

National swimmer Quah Jing Wen is set for a move to the United States, enrolling in a college boasting one of the best women's swimming programmes in the country.

The Straits Times understands that the 16-year-old will join Texas A&M University from the upcoming fall semester. She is expected to leave for College Station, Texas, after competing at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur later this ...more

Team Schooling should zoom in on the sprints

Joseph Schooling's admission that he had slacked off in training after his stunning victory at last year's Rio Olympics does not square with his ambition to break the 100m butterfly world record at the Fina World Championships in Budapest (I got schooled: Jo; July 30).

There should be no shame or excuse losing to a better swimmer like Caeleb Dressel - the most talented and versatile sprinter ...more

Quah targets back-to-back personal bests

A more aggressive race strategy proved the perfect tonic for Quah Zheng Wen yesterday as he produced his best swim at the world championships in Budapest and rewrote his own national 200m backstroke record in the morning heats.

The 20-year-old clocked 1min 59.49sec - lowering his previous mark of 2:00.45 set at last month's Singapore National Swimming Championships - to win the second heat.

But ...more

Swimming: Schooling rues extra prep time

He had hoped to use an extra day's rest to recharge his batteries and reignite his assault at this year's Swimming World Championships, but the plan backfired for Joseph Schooling yesterday.

The 22-year-old narrowly missed out on a spot in the 100m freestyle semi-finals, after he finished 17th overall in the morning's heats.

Ironically, this will mean that he has an extra - and ...more

Nostalgia at Chinese Swimming Club

A local food fair, vintage market and various kampung games are on the programme of the Chinese Swimming Club's inaugural Heritage Festival this weekend.

Happening today and tomorrow, the festival at the 108-year-old recreation club is open to the public and celebrates the centre's history .

Visitors can check out a food fair by vendors, including Budd Kitchen's, serving roti john; ...more

S'pore synchro swimmers show they're still top in region

Singapore's synchronised swimmers may have finished closer to the bottom than the top. But they can claim bragging rights ahead of next month's SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur after outperforming their Malaysian rivals across four events at the Fina World Championships.

Debbie Soh fired the first psychological salvo last Friday in Budapest, where she finished 20th out of 30 swimmers in the women's ...more
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