Here are the 23 incredible athletes who will be competing for Team Singapore in the Tokyo Olympic Games which will be taking place from July 23
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will finally be taking place from July 23 to August 8 this year after being postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here at home, Singapore is in the midst of our national vaccination programme, which includes vaccinating our athletes who will be representing the country at the games later this month.
If you are curious who will be part of Team Singapore this year at the games, here are all 23 of our local stars.
1. Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low
Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low, award-winning sailors, will be representing the country in the women's 49erFX sailing event at the Tokyo Olympics this year.
The pair, who were also Asian Games champions together, earned their spot after a spectacular performance at the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Auckland back in 2019.
2. Ryan Lo
In April this year, Ryan Lo participated in the Mussanah Open Championship and won five out of 10 sailing races he participated in.
He finished 7th in the medal race on the final day and managed to secure himself a spot on Team Singapore for the Olympics.
3. Amanda Ng
Amanda Ng earned her spot at the Tokyo Olympics during the Mussanah Open Championship which took place earlier this year.
The 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist and sailor won seven out of 12 races to come out tops in her medal race.
This will be Ng's second Olympics after she participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
4. Kiria Tikanah Abdul Rahman
Kiria Tikanah Abdul Rahman may only be 20 years old but she has already taken the fencing world by storm.
Early this year, Kiria participated in the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and managed to beat her opponents to qualify for the Tokyo games alongside her teammate, Amita Berthier.
5. Amita Berthier
Amita Berthier was the first Singaporean to win a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) fencing title earlier this year.
She then proceeded to beat Yana Alborova in the women's foil final at the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan which qualified her to play at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Amita was Singapore's first female fencer to compete at the Olympics until she was joined by Kiria Tikanah. Together, the two young women are set to make history.
6. Tan Sze En
Tan Sze En is arguably one of Singapore's most accomplished and decorated gymnasts. She participated in the 2018 Asian Games and then moved to the United States at the Legacy Elite Gymnastics to train.
Following her participation in the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart in Germany, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) released the list of Artistic Gymnastics 2020 Olympic Qualifiers and Tan Sze En found herself on the prestigious list.
7. Adele Tan
It was a brutal selection process that took over a year and a half but finally, the Singapore Shooting Association nominated Adele Tan as its women's 10m air rifle representative for the Olympics this year.
Tan was put through a selection process that comprised of four dedicated meets, the H&N Cup 2020 Munich and three internal shoots.
After winning gold at the H&N Cup and setting a new national record of 632.5 points while she was at it, Tan was a clear frontrunner to represent the nation at the Olympics.
8. Joseph Schooling
Joseph Schooling needs no introduction as one of Singapore's most successful and notable athletes. After winning Singapore’s first and only Olympic gold in 2016, he shot to instant fame and very quickly became one of the country's darlings.
Since his big win, Schooling has participated in a number of swimming competitions including the 2019 SEA Games. He has also been training hard for the Tokyo Olympics which he will be competing in this year.
9. Quah Zheng Wen
Quah Zhang Wen is Joseph Schooling's talented and accomplished teammate who will be participating in the 100m butterfly and backstroke events at the Olympics.
He participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 28th SEA Games. At the last Olympics, Quah achieved a personal best time of 200 meters butterfly in the heats.
10. Quah Ting Wen
Quah Ting Wen, who is the elder sister of Quah Zheng Wen, is living proof that talent really does run in the family. This year, she qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by being the "highest-ranked athlete based upon the FINA Points Table", according to the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA).
This will be the third time that Quah will be competing in the Olympics after participating in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2016 Rio one and now the Tokyo games.
11. Chantal Liew
In June this year, Chantal Liew, an open water swimmer, secured her place for the Tokyo Olympics after finishing 29th in the 10km race at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Setubal, Portugal. She clocked a time of 2:12:19.5 and qualified by being the best Asian finisher.
Liew was also the first Singaporean woman to win an open water swimming medal at the SEA Games after she managed to score a silver medal.
12. Johnathan Chan
National diver, Johnathan Chan, qualified for the Olympics after he won the men's 10m platform final at the Asian Diving Cup in 2019.
Despite his happy-go-lucky attitude towards diving, Chan has two silver and three bronze medals from the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2015 and 2017 respectively. The young athlete also has represented Singapore at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China.
Chan is the first Singaporean diver to ever qualify for the Olympics.