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


Date of birth

18 March 1994 (27 years)


Event

Equestrian - Individual Dressage


Caroline Chew makes history as the first Singaporean Equestrian athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.


Highlights of her career include the 2010 Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore, as well as the 2018 World Equestrian Games, and she is a multiple SEA Games medallist with two silvers and five bronzes across three SEA Games.


Caroline has been competing on the European circuit for the past six years, and later on became the first Singaporean rider to compete at the Grand Prix level – the highest level of competition.


To qualify for Tokyo, Caroline registered a personal best of 69.674 at the Dressage Grand Prix in Le Mans, France, surpassing the minimum requirement of 66 needed to qualify for the Games.

7. FENCING - AMITA BERTHIER

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Athlete

Amita Marie Nicolette Berthier


Date of birth

15 December 2000 (20 years)


Event

Fencing - Women's Foil


Amita Berthier is the first Singaporean fencer to earn a spot at an Olympic Games, with her 15-14 victory over Yana Alborova at the 2021 Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament also making her the first female Singaporean fencer to ever qualify for the Olympics.


The 20 year-old left-handed foil fencer is already a two-time SEA Games Gold Medallist in 2017 and 2019, and was previously ranked as World Junior No. 1 by FIE in 2019, a year that also saw her win the World Junior Foil Title at the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships in Amman, Jordan.


She is a 2018 Asian Games Medallist after winning Team Bronze with Maxine Wong, Tatiana Wong and Melanie Huang in Jakarta, Indonesia.


8. FENCING - KIRIA TIKANAH

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Athlete

Kiria Tikanah Abdul Rahman


Date of birth

25 June 2000 (20 years)


Event

Fencing - Women's épée


Kiria Tikanah is the first Singaporean épée fencer to qualify for an Olympic Games, and the second female Singaporean fencer to achieve the feat after Amita Berthier.


Her qualification for the Tokyo Games comes just a day after Berthier's, winning her Asia-Oceania Olympic qualification tournament in Tashkent. She is the reigning SEA Games gold medallist for Women's épée after taking gold in 2019 in the Philippines, bringing back the republic's first gold medal in the event since 1989.


The right handed épée fencer has been fencing since she was 8, and has been on the national team since the age of 13.


9. GYMNASTICS - TAN SZE EN

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Athlete

Tan Sze En


Date of birth

19 October 2000 (20 years)


Event

Gymnastics - Individual All-Around


Singaporean Gymnast Tan Sze En is the second gymnast to have qualified for an Olympic Games, after Lim Heem Wei (London 2012).

Sze En turned in a great performance at the World Championships debut in Stuttgart Germany, finishing with an all-around score of 48.098, clinching a spot on the list of qualifiers for the Tokyo Games announced by International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) on 13 October 2019.


The 20 year-old's feat is all the more impressive as she has had to undergo shoulder surgery in August 2018, following the 2018 Asian Games, among a spate of other injuries: a fractured heel (2017), a torn rotator cuff (2018), a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament (2019), and three consecutive surgeries on her wrists in 2020.


10. ROWING - JOAN POH

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Athlete

Poh Xue Hua Joan


Date of birth

4 April 1991 (30 years)


Event

Rowing - Women's Single Sculls


Singaporean Rower Joan Poh is the second Singapore Rower to qualify for an Olympic Games. Having placed 12th at the Asia and Oceania qualification regatta in Tokyo on 7 May 2021, she faced an anxious 20 day wait before the World Rowing Federation confirmed her spot at this summer's sporting spectacle.


The 30 year-old, who works as a staff nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, has also featured for Team Singapore at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, while she also represented Singapore at the Asian Games for dragonboat she in Guangzhou 2010, finishing fourth in the 250m and 500m events.


Joan will be competing in the women's single sculls event, fulfilling a life-long dream as an Olympian. Singapore's first ever rower to have qualified for an Olympics is Saiyidah Aisyah, who featured at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


11. SAILING - RYAN LO

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Athlete

Ryan Lo Jun Han


Date of birth

26 February 1997 (24 years)


Event

Sailing - Men's Laser


Tokyo 2020 is Singapore sailor Ryan Lo's first ever Olympic Games, after he clinched his spot by winning the Men's Laser event at the Mussanah Open Championship on 8 April 2021. The 24 year-old is also a 2018 Asian Games bronze medallist.


Lo placed 21st in last October's Laser Senior European Championships and Open European Trophy, and has spent much of his time training and competing in Europe over the past year.


12. SAILING - KIMBERLY LIM & CECILIA LOW

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Athlete

Kimberly Lim Min & Cecilia Low Rui Qi


Event

Sailing - Women's 49er FX