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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

Future of Singapore football lies in futsal

Anyone who has followed football closely over the decades can vouch for the fact that the current generation of Lions is no match for their predecessors, especially in terms of game intelligence and technical skills.

Where is the equal of Fandi Ahmad and his peers in today's squad, never mind the "higher level of football" that it is supposedly exposed to?

Game intelligence and ...more

The lives they live: Discipline the keyword for former Cedar sports coach

There is one tradition that has united generations of students at Cedar Girls' Secondary School - compulsory jogging periods.

Some girls look forward to the sessions, which involve the entire cohort jogging around the school compound two times a week. Others, huffing and puffing their way through the dreaded exercise, join in reluctantly.

Whom do they have to thank for this? Former ...more

More swimming pools but few lifeguards on duty

Singapore may have more than 2,000 licensed swimming pools but many do not have lifeguards on duty.

A joint study by the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has found that lifeguards were not present in seven out of 10 drowning and near-drowning cases that happened between 2012 and 2014.

The study's authors pointed out that, ideally, a lifeguard ...more

Schooling ready to rule world

Athletes gear their training towards ensuring they post the best timing at the right time, and Joseph Schooling has sent a message to his rivals that he is on track to achieving that balance.

In his last meet before this month's world championships in Hungary, the Olympic champion clocked this season's second- fastest 100m butterfly time - 50.96sec - as he won the final at the Speedo Southern ...more

Can Lions finally win first Sea Games football gold?

IF the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) team which did Singapore proud had been kept fully intact, we could have raised significantly our expectations for the nation's first South-east Asian Games football gold medal.

But no, the team's captain Jeffrey Lightfoot and many of his brave boys who won a YOG bronze medal on home soil with some heroic displays have gone their separate ways, and Singapore ...more

Swimming priority is to build talent pool

While last year was a historically successful one for Singapore swimming, the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) is not resting on its laurels.

Speaking after the association's annual general meeting yesterday, SSA president Lee Kok Choy said the priority going forward was to build on last year's biggest success - Joseph Schooling winning Singapore's first Olympic gold medal in the 100m ...more

Table tennis: A format whose time has come

When the inaugural matches of table tennis league T2 Asia-Pacific (T2APAC) take place under theatrical spotlights today, there will be no ranking points nor professional titles up for grabs.

But something valuable - perhaps worth even more than the event's sizeable US$1.75 million (S$2.43 million) prize purse - could be on the horizon for the participants.

Former legends and many ...more

Right move for FAS to spice up S League

Singapore

THE pulse of football fever in any country is measured best by its domestic league.

The English Premier League, Spain's La Liga, the Bundesliga in Germany, and the Brazilian League all have a rich history, long tradition and, most importantly, a keen rivalry that results in their respective national teams receiving rave reviews and high respect.

Therefore, when ...more

Athletics: Singapore Athletics, coach Oh, compromise over Pereira and camp

The parties warring within Singapore Athletics (SA) over Shanti Pereira have finally found common ground.

The star sprinter's coach Margaret Oh and SA's high performance team have agreed to look past the friction and work together, with the 20-year-old set to attend a pre-SEA Games centralised training camp next month, despite being in doubt initially.

However, another curveball ...more

National polo team have gold in their sights

The Singapore national polo team will be aiming for gold when the sport returns to the SEA Games after a 10-year absence.

Captain Satinder Garcha said the team are confident of putting up a good showing at the Aug 19-30 affair in Kuala Lumpur.

Garcha, 44, who also captained the 2007 team, believes the team this year are stronger, noting: "The calibre of horses are better and we ...more

Darts pairing grateful for World Cup support

For one week, Paul Lim and Harith Lim felt like they had been transported 30 years back in time.

Not just because the Singaporean pair created shock waves by stunning top seeds Scotland in the opening round at the World Cup of Darts in Frankfurt, before falling in the quarter-finals.

But it was also because they received a sudden outpouring of adulation and praise from fellow Singaporeans. ...more
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