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Talented teen golfers do Singapore proud


THERE are many aspects of golf that one has to put together to be a good player.

More often than not when a golfer tries to get his driving, short game, pitching, sand play and putting right, either one aspect gives way or a couple of blown bad holes result in an unexpected inflated score.

That dire situation occurs when the golfer is seriously affected by a bad ...more

Athletics: Ang Chen Xiang rewrites his national hurdles record at Thailand Open

National track and field athlete Ang Chen Xiang shaved 0.19 seconds off his previous mark to lower the national record in the men's 110m hurdles at the Thailand Open yesterday.

The 23-year-old crossed the finish line in 14.19sec, placing a creditable sixth against the continent's top athletes in the final.

"This is of tremendous significance to me, as I took a gap year in my final ...more

Yeo is world's no. 1 Junior

For the first time, Singapore can boast of a world No. 1 in badminton.

Yeo Jia Min is the newly-crowned top junior female in the world, after the latest world rankings were released yesterday by the Badminton World Federation, the sport's world governing body.

She leapfrogged Malaysia's Goh Jin Wei to claim the top rung of the ranking for players aged below 19.

The 18-year-old ...more

S'pore U-22 football team still heading to Qatar

The Singapore Under-22 football team will proceed with a training trip to Qatar next Monday even as the Gulf state remains mired in a diplomatic crisis.

The team, led by national youth teams head coach Richard Tardy, will train and play a few friendly matches in Qatar to prepare for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.

Trips to the Middle East, where the level of football is higher, ...more

Water polo: Serbian system a good model

The national water polo men's team will be counting on insider knowledge at this week's Singapore Water Polo Challenge Cup which starts today.

Two players Yip Yang and Chow Jing Lun spent three months in January training in Serbia, footing the bill themselves, to improve their skills ahead of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Serbia is a powerhouse in water polo and won every major title ...more

Bowling: Bowlers hope to turn the table on SEA Games hosts

Expectations of a gold medal clean sweep were high for Singapore's female bowlers prior to the 2015 SEA Games on home soil.

But Malaysia tore up the homecoming script and bagged two of the five golds on offer.

The pressure then was immense and played a part as the Republic fell short of their targets, admitted national bowler Jazreel Tan, who won the women's masters but finished ...more

Swimming: Dreams come true for eight local student athletes in Hungary trip

It is the June school holidays but unlike many of her peers, Hanisa Karim not will be heading overseas for a vacation.

Travelling out of Singapore is difficult for the Gan Eng Seng Secondary 4 student and her financially strapped family. The second oldest child shares a one-room flat in Bukit Merah, a 10-minute walk from her school, with five other siblings, aged 17, 13, 11, 10 and nine, ...more

Dragon-boat training helps him unwind

Q What is your secret to looking fabulous? A Exercise, drinking lots of water and staying positive. I watch my diet carefully on weekdays.

Q What is your lifestyle like? A I work hard on weekdays and train hard on weekends, especially during the annual dragon-boat race season. I'd go for dragon-boat training for two hours every Saturday and Sunday, on top of my regular fitness routine.

For ...more

Gymnasts' Olympic bid gets a lift

A series of high-profile appointments, coupled with a new organisation structure, could spark new life in the Singapore gymnastics scene.

The sport's national governing body, Singapore Gymnastics (SG), has landed a coup by bringing on board Karen Norden, who was a senior manager (participation and sport development) at Gymnastics Australia.

The 54-year-old Australian will be the ...more

Canoeing: Flat-out strategy pays off for Lightning-quick teens

They entered the National Canoe Sprint Championships merely with the aim of gaining competitive experience and to gauge where they stood at the national level.

So it was a pleasant surprise for the Lightning Kayaking Club (LKC) when they captured the senior men's kayak quartets 200m title yesterday.

The LKC quartet of 17-year-olds Jasmond Tan, Julian Seow, Bill Lee and Jack Smith ...more

Disc sports aiming to fly high

The sport of flying discs, or frisbee, as it is popularly known, could boast its own national sports association (NSA) by the end of the year.

The sport is currently governed by the Ultimate Players Association (Singapore) or UPA(S), a non-profit organisation.

Lim Teck Yin, chief executive officer of local sport governing body Sport Singapore, said yesterday that SportSG will help ...more

SEA Games: More younger faces to the fore

Familiar faces who bring with them youthful enthusiasm will help to lead the Singapore contingent at the upcoming SEA Games.

Former national swimmer Mark Chay, 35, and ex-shooter Lee Wung Yew, 51, were yesterday named the Republic's deputy chefs de mission for the Aug 19-30 Games.

The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced that the pair will assist Team Singapore's ...more

Tennis: Matthias steps up in Paris

PARIS • National youth tennis player Matthias Wong has competed only twice on clay, but his lack of experience hardly showed at the Longines Academy in Paris yesterday.

The 12-year-old moved with the ease of a seasoned clay-court practitioner on the first day of the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament to win a match at the annual event - a feat no Singaporean had achieved before.

This ...more

Horse racing: Laxon saddling up and heading home to NZ

There will not be a 10th champion trainers' title for Laurie Laxon in Singapore but the veteran handler will head home with nothing but fond memories of his time here.

The 71-year-old New Zealander has been a fixture at the Singapore Turf Club for the past 17 years and has also been its most successful trainer.

His 1,249 winners is a Singapore record and he has won every major feature ...more

Swimming: I'm no flash in the pan, says Schooling

Joseph Schooling may have scaled the pinnacle of swimming at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics but his inauguration as butterfly king was also when he felt furthest from the sport.

In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times, the Olympic 100m fly champion, who was in town for mixed martial arts outfit One Championship's Dynasty of Heroes event last Friday, admitted his post-Olympic hangover ...more
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