Here's your one-stop guide to the 2019 SEA Games

The Singapore contingent entering the Philippine Arena in Bocaue during the SEA Games Opening Ceremony on 30 November. (PHOTO: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

SINGAPORE — Despite concerns over the organisation of the SEA Games, the biennial sporting fiesta has officially opened in the Philippines on Saturday evening (30 November) amid the usual pomp and pageantry.

From now until 11 December, the 11 Southeast Asian nations will compete in a record 529 events in 56 sports, with the Games venues spread out over three major city clusters – Manila, Clark and Subic.

Yahoo News Singapore will aim to provide a comprehensive coverage of the SEA Games throughout this period. To get you ready, here are fun facts, commentaries, previews of Singapore athletes as well as the medal tally of the SEA Games:

MEDAL TALLY

COUNTRY .

GOLD .

SILVER .

BRONZE .

Philippines

136

102

106

Thailand

84

90

102

Vietnam

79

78

93

Indonesia

69

76

102

Malaysia

51

52

67

Singapore

50

43

59

Cambodia

4

6

31

Myanmar

3

18

48

Brunei

2

5

6

Laos

0

5

23

Timor Leste .

0

1

5

NOTE: Medal table updated as of 9pm on Monday (9 December).


SINGAPORE MEDALLISTS

GOLD (50) – Billiards & Snooker: Peter Gilchrist (English billiards). Bowling: New Hui Fen (women’s singles, masters), women’s team. Chess: Gong Qianyun (women’s rapid chess). Fencing: Amita Berthier (women’s individual foil), Kiria Tikanah Abdul Rahman (women’s individual epee), men’s and women’s foil team. Floorball: Women’s team. Golf: James Leow (men’s individual). Ice skating: Chloe Ing (women’s figure skating), Cheyenne Goh (women’s short track speed skating 500m, 1,000m), men’s short track speed skating 3,000m relay team. Jiu-jitsu: Noah Lim (men’s 62kg). Lawn bowls: Women’s triples team. Sailing: Ryan Lo (men’s laser standard). Sambo: Nazri Sutari (men’s combat U-82kg). Silat: Men’s seni regu (artistic team), Muhammad Hazim Mohamad Yusli (men’s tanding Class B). Softball: Men’s team. Swimming: Quah Ting Wen (women’s 100m freestyle, 50m, 100m butterfly), Quah Zheng Wen (men’s 100m, 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly), Quah Jing Wen (women’s 200m fly), Teong Tzen Wei (men’s 50m fly), Elena Pedersen (women’s 50m back), Christy Chue (women’s 200m breaststroke), Joseph Schooling (men’s 100m fly), Darren Chua (men’s 100m, 200m free), Lionel Khoo (men’s 50m breast), Amanda Lim (women’s 50m free), Gan Ching Hwee (women’s 800m free), Jonathan Tan (men’s 50m free), men’s and women’s 4x200m freestyle, men’s and women’s 4x100m freestyle, men’s and women’s 4x100m medley. Underwater hockey: Men’s and women’s 4x4 teams, men’s and women’s 6x6 teams. Wushu: Yong Yi Xiang (men’s changquan).

SILVER (43) – Badminton: Loh Kean Yew (men’s singles). Billiards & Snooker: Toh Lian Han/Aloysius Yapp (men’s 9-ball pool doubles). Bowling: New Hui Fen/Shayna Ng (women’s doubles). Cycling: Luo Yiwei (women’s individual time trial). Dancesport: Jerome Teo/Rachel Teo (mixed foxtrot). Diving: Fong Kay Yian/Ashlee Tan (women’s 3m synchronised springboard). Duathlon: Mixed relay team. Fencing: Maxine Wong (women’s individual foil), men’s and women’s epee team. Floorball: Men’s team. Golf: Men’s team. Ice hockey: Men’s team. Jiu-jitsu: Benjamin Chia (men’s 85kg). Judo: Low Yilong (men’s 100kg). Kurash: Joel Tseng (men’s U-73kg). Netball: Women’s team. Sailing: Kenan Tan (men’s optimist), Radiance Koh (women’s optimist), Victoria Chan (women’s laser radial), mixed keelboat match racing, fleet racing (FE28R). Sambo: Gary Chow (men’s sport U-82kg), Ashvin Singh (men’s combat U-74kg). Shooting: Ho Shu Yi (women’s 10m air rifle). Silat: Muhammad Iqbal Abdul Rahman (men’s artistic tunggal). Squash: Mixed team, women’s team. Swimming: Cherlyn Yeoh (women’s 100m freestyle), Darren Chua (men’s 200m individual medley), Joseph Schooling (men’s 50m butterfly, 100m free), Quah Zheng Wen (men’s 100m fly, 50m backstroke), Gan Ching Hwee (women’s 400m free), Quah Jing Wen (women’s 100m fly), Teong Tzen Wei (men’s 50m free), Christy Chue (women’s 100m breaststroke). Table tennis: Koen Pang/Josh Chua (men’s doubles). Taekwondo: Ng Ming Wei (men’s U-58kg). Triathlon: Mixed team relay. Water polo: Women’s team. Wushu: Jowen Lim (taolu daoshu/gunshu)

BRONZE (59) – Athletics: Shanti Pereira (women’s 100m, 200m), Nur Izlyn Zaini (women’s 100m hurdles). Badminton: Men’s team, women’s team. Billiards & Snooker: Kingsley Ang/Lim Chun Kiat (men’s snooker doubles), Aloysius Yapp (men’s 10-ball pool singles), Jessica Tan (women’s 9-ball pool singles). Bowling: Cheah Ray Han (men’s singles), Shayna Ng (women’s singles, masters), Muhammad Jaris Goh (men’s masters). Boxing: Mohamed Hanurdeen Hamid (men’s flyweight) Cycling: Goh Choon Huat (men’s individual time trial, mass start). Dancesport: Jerome Teo/Rachel Teo (mixed waltz, mixed viennese waltz), Jeremy Sim (men’s breaking), Gary Tsan/Shannen Tan (mixed pasadoble). Diving: Mark Lee/Timothy Lee (men’s 3m synchronised springboard), Mark Lee (men’s 3m springboard). Esports: Chew Khai Kiat (Hearthstone). Fencing: Clive Leu (men’s individual sabre), Joshua Ian Lim (men’s individual foil), Cheryl Lim (women’s individual epee), Ann Lee (women’s individual sabre), men’s and women’s sabre team. Gymnastics: Sean Yeo (men’s horizontal bar). Ice skating: Women’s short track speed skating 3,000m relay team. Jiu-jitsu: Teh May Yong (women’s 49kg), Paul Lim (men’s 69kg). Judo: Ace Ang (men’s U-73kg), Aaron Ng (men’s U-90kg). Lawn bowls: Men’s triples. Modern pentathlon: Marcus Ong (men’s beach laser), Shermaine Tung (women’s beach laser). Muay: Lena Tan (women’s 54kg). Sambo: Mixed team, Cassiopeia Lim (women’s sport U-80kg), Garie Tang (men’s combat U-57kg). Shooting: Mohammad Irwan Abdul Rahman (men’s 10m air rifle), Adele Tan (women’s 10m air rifle), Teo Shun Xie (women’s 10m air pistol), mixed 10m air rifle team. Silat: Atiq Syazwani Roslan (women’s tanding Class A), Nurul Suhaila Mohamed Saiful (women’s tanding Class B). Squash: Au Yeong Wai Yhann (women’s singles), Chua Man Chin (men’s singles), men’s team. Swimming: Lionel Chien (men’s 100m breaststroke), Christy Chue (women’s 50m breaststroke), Maximillian Ang (men’s 200m breaststroke), Ong Jun Yi (men’s 200m butterfly). Table tennis: Feng Tianwei/Lin Ye, Goi Rui Xuan/Wong Xin Ru (women’s doubles). Water polo: Men’s team. Waterski/Wakeboarding: Nur Alysha Mohamad Rizwan (women’s wakeskate).


PHILIPPINES MEDALLISTS

Gold (136) – Archery: Rachelle Dela Cruz/Paul Dela Cruz (mixed team compound). Arnis: Mary Allin Aldeguer (women’s anyo non-traditional open weapon), Crisamuel Delfin (men’s anyo non-traditional open weapon), Abegail Abad (PS women’s welterweight), Jedah Mae Soriano (PS women’s featherweight), Ross Ashley Monville (PS women’s lightweight), Sheena Del Monte (PS women’s bantamweight), Carloyd Tejada (PS men’s welterweight), Elmer Manlapas (PS men’s featherweight), Jesfer Huguire (PS men’s bantamweight), Jezebel Morcillo (LS women’s bantamweight), Mike Banares (LS men’s welterweight), Villardo Cunamay (LS men’s lightweight), Nino Mark Talledo (LS men’s featherweight), Dexler Bolambao (LS men’s bantamweight). Athletics: Christine Hallasgo (women’s marathon), Kristina Marie Knott (women’s 200m) John Ernet Obiena (men’s pole vault), William Morrison (men’s shot put), Natalie Rose Uy (women’s pole vault), Clinton Kingsley Bautista (men’s 110m hurdles), Melvin Calano (men’s javelin), Sarah Dequinan (women’s heptathlon), mixed 4x100m relay. Baseball: Men’s team. Basketball: Men’s and women’s 3x3 teams. Billiards & Snooker: Chezka Centeno (women’s 10-ball pool singles), Dennis Orcollo (men’s 10-ball pool singles), Rubilen Amit (women’s 9-ball pool singles). Boxing: Eumir Felix Marcial (men’s middleweight), Nesthy Petecio (men’s featherweight), Charly Suarez (men’s lightweight), James Palicte (men’s light-welterweight), Josie Gabuco (women’s light-flyweight), Rogen Ladon (men’s flyweight), Carlo Paalam (men’s light-flyweight). Canoeing: Hermie Macaranas (men’s singles 200m). Cycling: Lea Denise Belgira (women’s mountain bike downhill), John Derick Farr (men’s mountain bike downhill), Jermyn Prado (women’s individual time trial). Dancesport: Michael Angelo Marquez/Stephanie Sabalo (all five dances, pasodoble), Wilbert Aunzo/Pearl Marie Caneda (samba, chachacha, rumba), Sean Mischa Aranar/Ana Leonila Nualla (all five dances, tango, viennese waltz), Mark Jayson Gayon/Mary Joy Renigen (waltz, foxtrot). Duathlon: Monica Torres (women’s individual). Esports: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team. Fencing: Jylyn Nicanor (women’s individual sabre), women’s epee team. Golf: Bianca Isabel Pagdanganan (women’s individual), women’s team. Gymnastics: Carlos Yulo (men’s all-around, floor exercise), Daniela Dela Pisa (women’s rhythmic hoop). Jiu-jitsu: Dean Michael Roxas (men’s 85kg), Margarita Ochoa (women’s 45kg), Carlo Angelo Pena (men’s 56kg). Judo: Shugen Pablo Nakano (men’s U-66kg), Mariya Takahashi (women’s U-70kg). Karate: Tsukii Junna (women’s U-50kg), Christine Jamie Lim (women’s U-61kg). Kickboxing: Jerry Olsim (men’s kick light 69kg). Kurash: Estie Gay Liwanen (women’s 63kg). Lawn bowls: Men’s pairs. Modern pentathlon: Michael Ver Anton Comaling (men’s beach triathle individual). Muay: Jearome Calica/Joemar Gallaza (men’s waikru mai muaythai), Phillip Delarmino (men’s 57kg), Ariel Lee Lampacan (men’s 54kg). Obstacle course: Mixed team relay 400m x 12 obstacles, mixed team assist 400m x 12 obstacles, Rochelle Suarez (women’s individual 100m x 10 obstacles), Kevin Jeffrey Pascua (men’s individual 100m x 10 obstacles), Menchi Sandi (women’s individual 5km x 20 obstacles), Mervyn Guarte (men’s individual 5km x 20 obstacles). Rowing: Cris Nievarez (men’s lightweight single sculls), Joanie Delgaco (women’s lightweight double sculls), Melcah Jen Caballero (women’s lightweight single sculls, double sculls). Rugby: Men’s team. Sailing: Lester Troy Tayong/Emerson Villena (men’s 470), mixed keelboat match racing, fleet racing (FE28R). Sambo: Chino Sy (men’s sport U-82kg), Mark Edward Striegl (men’s combat U-74kg). Sepak takraw: Men’s and women’s hoop events. Shooting: Marly Martir (women’s WA 1500 PPC), women’s WA 1500 PPC team. Silat: Egmar Tacuel (men’s seni tunggal). Skateboarding: Daniel Ledermann (men’s Game of SKATE), Margielyn Didal (women’s Game of SKATE, street), Jamie de Lange (men’s downhill), Jericho Jojit Francisco (men’s park), Christiana Nicole Means (women’s park). Softball: Women’s team. Squash: Mixed team. Surfing: Nilbie Blancada (women’s shortboard open), Roger Casogay (men’s longboard open). Swimming: James Deiparine (men’s 100m breaststroke). Taekwondo: Joerdan Dominguez (men’s individual freestyle poomsae), Jocel Lyn Ninobla (women’s individual recognised poomsae), Rodolfo Reyes Jr (men’s individual recognised poomsae), Samuel Morrison (men’s U-80kg), Dave Cea (men’s U-74kg), Pauline Lopez (women’s U-57kg), Kurt Bryan Barbosa (men’s U-54kg), men’s recognised poomsae team. Tennis: Noelle Manalac (women’s soft tennis singles, doubles), Noelle Zoleta (women’s soft tennis doubles), Francis Casey Alcantara/Jeson Patronbom (men’s doubles). Triathlon: Mixed relay team, Marion Kim Mangrobang (women’s individual), John Leerams Chicano (men’s individual). Waterski/Wakeboarding: Jhondi Wallace (men’s wakeskate), Susan Larsson (women’s wakeskate). Weightlifting: Hidilyn Diaz (women’s 55kg), Kristel Macrohon (women’s 71kg). Windsurfing: Coveta Geylord (men’s RS:One), Yancy Kaibigan (men’s RS:X). Wrestling: Jason Baucas (men’s greco roman 72kg), Noel Norada (men’s greco roman 63kg). Wushu: Agatha Wong (women’s taijijian, taolu taijiquan), Clemente Tabugara (men’s sanda 65kg), Arnel Mandal (men’s sanda 52kg), Fancisco Solis (men’s sanda 56kg), Jessie Aligaga (men’s sanda 48kg), Divine Wally (women’s sanda 48kg).

Silver (102) – Arnis: Ryssa Jezzel Sanchez (women’s anyo traditional open weapon), Mark David Puzon (men’s anyo traditional open weapon), Billy Joel Valenzuela (PS men’s lightweight), Jude Oliver Marie Rodriguez (LS women’s featherweight). Athletics: Mary Joy Tabal (women’s marathon), Kristina Marie Knott (women’s 100m), Mariano Masano (men’s 1,500m), Carter James Lilly (men’s 800m), women’s 4x100m relay. Billiards & Snooker: Alvin Barbero/Jefrey Roda (men’s snooker doubles), Rubilen Amit (women’s 10-ball pool singles), Chezka Centeno (women’s 9-ball pool singles). Bowling: Men’s team. Boxing: Riza Pasuit (men’s lightweight), Marjon Pianar (men’s welterweight), Irish Magno (men’s flyweight). Canoeing: Hermie Macaranas (men’s singles 1,000m) Cycling: Eleazar Barba Jr (men’s mountain bike downhill), Nino Surban (men’s mountain bike cross country), Jermyn Prado (women’s mass start individual). Dancesport: Michael Angelo Marquez/Stephanie Sabalo (jive), Mark Jayson Gayon/Mary Joy Renigen (quickstep). Duathlon: Joeys Delos Reyes (men’s individual). Fencing: Christian Jhester Concepcion (men’s individual sabre), Hanniel Abella (women’s individual epee). Gymnastics: Carlos Yulo (pommel horse, still rings, vault, horizontal bar, parallel bars). Ice skating: Alisson Krystal Perticheto (women’s senior singles), Christopher Caluza (men’s senior singles). Jiu-jitsu: Marc Alexander Lim (men’s U-69kg), Jenna Kaila Napolis (women’s U-49kg). Karate: Norman Montalvo (men’s U-55kg). Kickboxing: Renalyn Dacquel (men’s full contact 48kg), Jomar Balangui (men’s low kick 54kg). Kurash: Bianca Mae Estrella (women’s 70kg), Jenielou Mosqueda (women’s 57kg). Lawn bowls: Men’s triples, women’s fours, women’s triples. Modern pentathlon: Samuel German (men’s beach laser). Muay: Ryan Jakiri (men’s 63.5kg), Islay Erika Bomogao (women’s 45kg), Jenelyn Olsim (women’s 54kg). Obstacle course: Milky May Tejares (women’s individual 100m x 10 obstacles), Glorien Merisco (women’s individual 5000m x 20 obstacles), Mohammad Sherwin Managil (men’s individual 5000m x 20 obstacles). Polo: A Division (4-6 goals). Rugby: Women’s team. Sailing: Rhe Boyano/Coleen Ferrer (women’s 420). Sambo: Rene Catalan (men’s combat U-57kg). Shooting: Celedonio Tayao (mixed bench-rest air rifle), Ditto Nestor Dinopol (mixed bench-rest air rifle heavy varmint). Silat: Mary Francine Padios (women’s seni tunggal), Jan Alfau/Almohaidib (men’s seni ganda). Skateboarding: Christiana Nicole Means (women’s Game of SKATE, street), Renzo Mark Feliciano (men’s street), Duke Raphael Pandeagua (men’s downhill). Softball: Men’s team. Squash: Robert Andrew Garcia (men’s singles), men’s team. Surfing: Rogelio Esquievel Jr (men’s longboard open), Jevy Mae Agudo (women’s longboard open). Swimming: Remedy Alexis Rule (women’s 200m butterfly), Chloe Isleta (women’s 100m backstroke), James Deiparine (men’s 50m breaststroke), men’s and women’s 4x100m freestyle, women’s 4x100m medley. Taekwondo: Janna Oliva (women’s individual freestyle poomsae), Rheza Aragon (women’s U-49kg), Kirstie Elaine Alora (women’s over-73kg), Arven Alcantara (men’s U-68kg), Laila Delo (women’s U-67kg), Kristopher Robert Uy (men’s over-87kg), women’s recognised poomsae team. Tennis: Ruben Gonzales Jr/Treat Conrad Huey (men’s doubles). Triathlon: Kimberly Michelle Kilgroe (women’s individual), Andrew Kim Remolino (men’s individual). Underwater hockey: men’s and women’s 4x4 teams, women’s 6x6 team. Water polo: Men’s team. Waterski/Wakeboarding: Raphael Trinidad (men’s wakeboard), Samantha Bermudez (women’s wakeboard). Weightlifting: Margaret Colonia (women’s 59kg), John Fabliar Ceniza (men’s 55kg), Elreen Ann Ando (women’s 64kg). Windsurfing: Charizzane Jewel Napa (women’s RS:X). Wrestling: Jiah Pingot (men’s 50kg), Margarito Angana Jr (men’s greco roman 60kg), Jason Balabal (men’s greco roman 87kg), Michael Vijay Cater (men’s greco roman 55kg). Wushu: Jones Llabres Inso (men’s taolu taijijian), Gideon Fred Padua (men’s sanda 60kg).

Bronze (106) – Arnis: Erlin Mae Busacay (LS women’s welterweight), Eza Rai Yalong (LS women’s lightweight). Athletics: Sonny Wagdos (men’s 5,000m), Mixed 4x400m, men’s 4x100m. Beach volleyball: Edmar Bonono/Jude Garcia (men’s team), Cherry Ann Rondina/Berhadeth Pons (women’s team). Billiards & Snooker: Jeffrey Ignacio/Warren Kiamco, Carlo Biado/Johann Chua (men’s 9-ball pool doubles), Efren Reyes (men’s 1-cushion carom), Francisco Dela Cruz (men’s 1-cushion carom). Bowling: Women’s team. Boxing: Ian Clark Bautista (men’s bantamweight), Aira Villegas (women’s bantamweight). Cycling: Edmhel John Flores (men’s mountain bike cross country), Avegail Rombaon (women’s mountain bike cross country), men’s team time trial, men’s team mass start. Duathlon: Mixed relay. Fencing: Samantha Kyle Cantatan (women’s individual foil), Nathaniel Perez (men’s individual foil), Jose Noelito Jr (men’s individual epee), men’s and women’s sabre team, men’s and women’s foil team. Golf: Women’s team. Gymnastics: Daniela Dela Pisa (women’s rhythmic clubs, ball), Charmaine Dolar (women’s aerobic individual), women’s rhythmic group all-around. Ice hockey: Men’s team. Ice skating: Marc Joseph Gonzales (men’s short track speed skating 1,000m). Jiu-jitsu: Gian Taylor Dee (men’s U-62kg). Judo: Keisei Nakano (men’s U-73kg), Khrizzie Pabulayan (women’s U-52kg), Shin Matsumura (men’s U-100kg), Ryoko Salinas (women’s U-78kg), John Viron Ferrer (men’s U-100kg), Carl Dave Aseneta (men’s U-90kg), men’s and women’s team. Karate: John Enrico Vasquez (men’s individual kata), Sarah Pangilinan (women’s individual kata), Jason Ramil Macaalay (men’s 60kg), Joane Bernice Orbon (women’s 61kg), Mae Soriano (women’s 55kg), Ivan Christopher Agustin (men’s 75kg), Shariff Afif (men’s over-75kg), men’s and women’s team kata. Kurash: Al Rolan Llamas (men’s 66kg), Lloyd Dennis Catipon (men’s 73kg), Sydney Sy (women’s 70kg), Helen Dawa (women’s 52kg), Rick Jayson Senales (men’s 90kg). Lawn bowls: Women’s pairs, men’s fours. Modern Pentathlon: Princess Honey Arbilon (women’s beach triathle individual, mixed relay), Michael Comaling (mixed beach triathle relay). Muay: Kim Robert Miranda (women’s 45kg), Alexis Mayag (women’s 48kg). Obstacle course: Mark Julis Rodelas (men’s individual 100m x 10 obstacles). Polo: B Division (0-2 goals). Rowing: Edgar Ilas/Roque Abala (men’s lightweight double sculls). Sailing: Brandhon Aquino/Jericko Marbella (men’s 420). Sambo: Patrick Paul Manicad (men’s combat U-82kg), Jose Rene Mondejar III (men’s combat U-90kg), mixed team. Sepak takraw: Men’s doubles, women’s regu. Shooting: Diogenes Avila (mixed metallic silhouette air rifle). Silat: Dines Dumaan (men’s tanding Class B). Skateboarding: Rydelle Grace Abarico (women’s downhill). Squash: Jemyca (women’s singles), women’s team. Surfing: Daisy Valdez (women’s longboard open, shortboard open), John Mark Tokong (men’s shortboard open). Swimming: Jasmine Alkhaldi (women’s 50m, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly), Chloe Kennedy Ann Isleta (women’s 200m back), Remedy Alexis Rule (women’s 200m free), Luke Michael Gebbie (men’s 50m free), women’s 4x200m free. Tennis: Alberto Lim Jr (men’s singles), Jeson Patrombon (men’s singles). Taekwondo: Kurt Pajuelas (men’s U-63kg), Dex Ian Chavez (men’s U-58kg), Baby Jessica Canabal (women’s U-53kg), Veronica Garces (women’s U-46kg). Traditional boat race: Mixed 22-seater 200m, 500m. Tennis: Princess Lorben Catindig/Erdilyn Resulta Peralta (women’s soft tennis doubles). Underwater hockey: Men’s 6x6 team. Water polo: Women’s team. Waterski/Wakeboarding: Ralph Gelo Villaro (men’s wakeboard), Christian Michel Joson (men’s wakeskate). Weightlifting: Nestor Colonia (men’s 67kg), Mary Flor Diaz (women’s 45kg). Wrestling: Jefferson Manatad (men’s greco roman 77kg). Wushu: Men’s taolu duilian, Danial Parantac (men’s taolo taijiquan).

NOTE: Medallist lists updated as of 9pm on Sunday (8 December).


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FUN FACTS

Soukanh Taypanyavong (right) of Laos competes against Tran Anh Tuan (left) of Vietnam during the men's 55kg vovinam final at the 2013 SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. (PHOTO: Soe Than Win/AFP via Getty Images)

The obscure sports that made it to the SEA Games

Arnis, vovinam, kenpo: Do these obscure sports add a regional flavour to the SEA Games? Or are they pointless distractions that serve only as boosts of the host nations in the medal tally table? It is a debate that has dogged the biennial Games ever since it decided to include non-Olympic sports into its sporting programme since the 1970s.

Singapore's Joscelin Yeo giving the thumbs up after winning the women's 100m butterfly gold at the 2001 SEA Games. She holds the record for the most medals won by a Singaporean athlete at the Games, with 40 golds, 15 silvers and seven bronzes. (PHOTO: Reuters/Zainal Abd Halim)

Top-performing Singapore athletes at the SEA Games

Over its 60 years of participation, the Republic has seen its share of outstanding athletes. Some dominated their sports, while others were trailblazers in less-popular sports. Here are the top-performing Singapore athletes in their respective sports at the SEA Games.


COMMENTARIES

SEA Games hosts must not drop the ball on athletes again

One hopes the current organisational troubles will ease once the SEA Games proper begins, with enough officials and volunteers present to better solve the logistical problems that will inevitably arise. It is the least they can do to ensure that every athlete has a fair chance to perform at peak condition.

'Kuching kurap' SEA Games? I'll take it over bloated Olympics

Go ahead, ridicule the SEA Games as a ‘kuching kurap’ event, insignificant and half-baked. Just know that you will miss out on a lot of quirky fun which you will not experience at the bloated Olympics.

It's time to stop calling football Singapore's national sport

Call it a national pastime, a national hobby, even a national recreation. But it’s time to stop calling football the “national sport of Singapore” – at least until it has climbed out of its current doldrums.


ATHLETE PREVIEWS

Singapore's jiu-jitsu world champion Constance Lien grappled with confidence issues and eating disorders when she was a swimmer in her younger days. (PHOTO: Stefanus Ian/Yahoo News Singapore)

World champ wants to give back after her second chance in sport

After her initial struggles in a swimming career, in which she battled confidence issues and eating disorders, world jiu-jitsu champion Constance Lien is grateful for her second chance at sporting success. Taking part in her first SEA Games, the 20-year-old hopes to eventually help other athletes better deal with emotional and mental challenges.

Singapore national bowlers Cherie Tan and Muhammad Jaris Goh (PHOTO: Stefanus Ian/Yahoo News Singapore)

Team golds matter more to national bowlers Cherie Tan, Jaris Goh

Most people think of bowling as an individual sport, in which the bowler bowls alone in his lane without the assistance of others. Yet national bowlers Cherie Tan and Muhammad Jaris Goh insist that retaining Singapore’s men’s and women’s team golds at the SEA Games would mean more to them than winning individual golds.

Singapore paddler Koen Pang reached the top of the junior world ranking in August, the first Singaporean to achieve the feat. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman/Singapore)

Top world junior paddler Koen Pang eager for SEA Games challenge

Rising table tennis talent Koen Pang, 17, has already had a stellar 2019, after becoming the first Singaporean to reach No. 1 in the world junior rankings. He hopes to win at least a medal in his first SEA Games campaign, culminating a journey he started since joining his mother and elder brother in the sport at the age of five.

Team Singapore sambo athlete Garie Tang earned a training stint at the new UFC performance institute in Shanghai. (PHOTO: Facebook/Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth)

Unique SEA Games routes for sambo athletes Nazri Sutari and Garie Tang

Their disparate sporting journeys in mixed martial arts may not have initially included representing their nation at the SEA Games, but both Garie Tang and Nazri Sutari are now eager to return from the Games with gold medals around their necks in the combat sport of sambo.