Team Singapore entered its fifth day of competition at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) on 23 August with a haul of 20 gold, 20 silver and 19 bronze medals, placing them second overall on the medal tally table, ahead of Vietnam and just behind host Malaysia. NUS students and alumni are among some of these decorated athletes, flying the Singapore flag high and making the nation and their families proud.
On 20 August, the Singapore Men’s Water Polo team continued their dominance in the sport by seizing their 27th consecutive SEA Games gold in a decisive 17-4 triumph over the Malaysian team. Playing their part in the nation’s longest winning streak were NUS Law alumnus Koh Jian Ying, who scored five goals, NUS Medicine student Bryan Ong, Chiam Kun Yang from NUS Engineering, as well as NUS Business students Ang An Jun and Ooi Yee Jia.
The Women’s Water Polo team earned a silver after a competitive campaign but lost out to rivals Thailand in a tight match in the finals. The team included NUS alumni Angeline Teo, Gina Koh and Melissa Ooi, as well as NUS Business student Cleona Zhu.
Singapore notched another aquatics win with Chantal Liew from NUS Arts and Social Sciences, who swam her way to a bronze in the Women’s 10km Open Water Swimming finals on 18 August, clocking in a personal best of 2 hours 21 minutes 30 seconds. NUS Business students Jessica Goh Kai Ling and Lee Sook Ying Jilian were part of the sailing team that won a silver on 22 August in the women's laser radial event.
In wushu, NUS Medicine student Samuel Tan Wei Han won a silver in the men's compulsory 3rd taijiquan event while NUS Business student Fung Hui Xin snagged a bronze in the women's optional jianshu event.
The Singapore Rugby team, which included NUS Business students Nicholas Yau and Samuel Teo as well as NUS Medicine student Samuel Koh, took home a silver after putting up a fierce fight in the finals against the Malaysian team. In bowling, NUS Engineering alumna Cherie Tan scored a gold in the women’s singles event, while Yale-NUS student Benedict Chan Jia Wei won a bronze in the squash men's doubles.
This August is shaping up to be a busy season for the University’s athletes with some 40 students and alumni headed for two major sporting events — the SEA Games and the Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan.