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Tokyo 2020: Who are Singapore's Athletes for the Tokyo Olympics?

23 Team Singapore athletes to compete across 11 sports at Tokyo Olympic Games

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Still unfamiliar with the Team Singapore athletes who will be competing at this year's Tokyo Olympic Games?


We take you through the full list of the 23-strong Singapore contingent who will be flying the Republic's flag from 23 July - 8 August 2021 in Tokyo.


1. ATHLETICS - SHANTI PEREIRA

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Athlete

Veronica Shanti Pereira


Date of birth

21 September 1996 (24 years)


Event

Athletics - Women's 200m Sprint


Singapore sprint queen Veronica Shanti Pereira will be competing in the women's 200 metre dash in Tokyo, after qualifying by virtue of Universality Place (otherwise known as Wild Card), by being the highest ranked female athlete for her event.


She is currently the national record holder for both the women's 100m and 200m sprint events, and made history in 2015 at the Southeast Asian Games when she became Singapore's first sprint SEA Games gold medallist in 42 years.


This is her first Olympic Games, and she will be the sole representative for Track and Field.


2. BADMINTON - LOH KEAN YEW

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Athlete

Loh Kean Yew


Date of birth

26 June 1997 (24 years)


Event

Badminton - Men's Singles


Ranked 18th by Badminton World Federation in the Race to Tokyo Rankings, Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew is Singapore's current top men's badminton player.


He will be making his Olympic debut in Tokyo, and is a multiple SEA Games medallist, having won silver in the Men's Singles at the 2019 SEA Games, as well as bronze in the team event in 2015, 2017 and 2019.


He rose to prominence when he upset Chinese badminton legend and former World number one Lin Dan at the Thailand Masters Final in January 2019, and subsequently took three more silver medals across multiple BWF events in 2019.


3. BADMINTON - YEO JIA MIN

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Athlete

Yeo Jia Min


Date of birth

1 February 1999 (22 years)


Event

Badminton - Women's Singles


This is Singapore shuttler Yeo Jiamin's first Olympic Games.


Previously ranked as World Junior No. 1 in the girls' singles event in June 2017, Jiamin's greatest achievement to date is winning the 2019 Hyderabad Open Women’s Singles title.


She has also clinched two titles at the Badminton Asia U17 & U15 Junior Championships in Indonesia, and took bronze in the 2017 Asian Junior Championships, as well as being part of the team that clinched team bronze at the 2015, 2017 and 2019 SEA Games.


Jiamin rose to international acclaim when she defeated then Japanese World No.1 Akane Yamaguchi at the BWF World Championships in August 2019. She is ranked 17th in BWF's Race To Tokyo rankings, and qualified for Tokyo 2020 by virtue of being among the top 38 players in the Olympics ranking list.


4. DIVING (AQUATICS) - JONATHAN CHAN

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Athlete

Jonathan Chan Fan Keng


Date of birth

10 May 1997 (24 years)


Event

Diving - Men's 10m Platform


Singapore diver Jonathan Chan will be competing in his first Olympic Games in Tokyo, after his score of 407.90 in the 10m platform final at the 2019 Asian Diving Cup in Kuala Lumpur in September 2019 saw him clinch his Olympic spot, pipping China's Wang Zewei and North Korean Ri Kwon Hyok to the gold medal in the process.


Chan grew up doing gymnastics from the age of five, but switched to diving after, following in his sister Kimberly Chan's footsteps, who was also a former national diver. He has represented Singapore in the 2013 Asian Youth Games, 2014 Youth Olympic Games, and the 2015 and the 2017 SEA Games, clinching 3 bronze medals in the process.


He also took gold at the 2018 FINA Diving Grand Prix held in Singapore.


5. DIVING (AQUATICS) - FREIDA LIM

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Athlete

Shen-Yan Freida Lim


Date of birth

7 February 1998 (23 years)


Event

Diving - Women's 10m Platform


Freida Lim is Singapore's first ever female diver to qualify for an Olympics.


While the 23 year-old met the qualifying criteria at the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo when she finished 15th in a field of 18 competitors with a five-dive score of 272.35, she had to wait for official confirmation from FINA, which finally arrived on 23 June 2021, rubber stamping her spot at this summer's Olympiad.


Lim is also a multiple SEA Games medal winner, bagging the bronze medal in her maiden SEA Games campaign in 2015 for the women's 10m platform final with a score of 251.70, and taking silver at the 2017 SEA Games in 10m platform, synchronised platform, mixed synchronise platform and mixed team.


6. EQUESTRIAN - CAROLINE CHEW

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Caroline Rosanna Pei Jia Chew