Competitors returning to the scene; Singapore was very a lot on the helm of selling occasions. Below the auspices of the Desk Tennis Federation of Asia, changed in 1972 by the Asian Desk Tennis Union, in 1952 town state hosted the primary ever Asian Championships. Later they organized the event in each 1954 and 1967.
Notably, competing on house soil, Singapore loved success; in 1954 Loh Heng Chew and Poon Weng Hoe received the lads’s doubles. To this date the one title ever received by Singapore at an Asian Championships.
An influence over six many years in the past however it’s in more moderen instances on the Olympic Video games when the Singapore Desk Tennis Affiliation has made the best influence.
Total, they’ve secured 5 medals on the quadrennial occasion; the primary was in weightlifting in 1960 in Rome when Tan Howe Liang claimed silver within the light-weight division. Extra lately on the Rio 2016 Olympic Video games Joseph Education received gold in aquatics, he received the lads’s 100 metres butterfly.
In any other case, the remaining three medals have been received by desk tennis; probably the most profitable sport of all!
On the Sydney 2000 Olympic Video games Jing Jun Hong got here shut, she was crushed by Chinese language Taipei’s Chen Jing within the bronze medal contest; 4 years later in Athens, the identical destiny befell Li Jiawei, she misplaced to Korea Republic’s Kim Kyungah.
So close to but up to now; in 2008 represented by Feng Tianwei, Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu, silver was secured within the ladies’s crew occasion, the 48 yr drought had ended!
Quick ahead to London 2012, with the identical three gamers on responsibility in was ladies’s crew bronze and for Feng Tianwei, with victory over Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the identical color within the ladies’s singles occasion. Thus, for the primary time in 52 years, Singapore had received a person medal at an Olympic Video games.
Memorable outcomes however probably the most memorable of all arose on the Liebherr 2010 World Crew Championships in Moscow, when Singapore recorded a 3-1 win within the last towards the Chinese language trio comprising Ding Ning, Guo Yan and Liu Shiwen. Outstanding however much more exceptional was the truth that Li Jiawei, the spine of the Beijing success didn’t play within the last. She was recovering from giving delivery, Solar Beibei was the alternative.
An unimaginable effort by Feng Tianwei beating Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen was the mainstay of success, the Singaporean spearhead in trendy instances. Amongst her many achievements she received the ladies’s singles title on the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in 2010 in Seoul, the Commonwealth Video games in New Delhi in 2010 and Glasgow in 2014, earlier than securing the Asian Cup in 2015 in Jaipur. As well as, she has 9 ITTF World Tour ladies’s singles titles to her identify.
In the meantime for the lads, Gao Ning has very a lot set the trendy day customary. Most lately, he claimed the highest step of the lads’s singles podium on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Video games, having earlier gained three males’s doubles titles on the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals. He partnered Yang Zi to gold in 2008 in Macao, earlier than becoming a member of forces with Li Hu, reaching success in 2012 in Hangzhou and the next yr in Dubai.
Success on the worldwide stage however there’s rather more to Singapore; they’ve a really lively home programme, native tournaments are full to the brim. the annual Crocodile Problem attracts a whole bunch of younger gamers.
An lively affiliation, no doubt, it’s a truth underlined by Yu Mengyu. She has performed extra matches than some other feminine participant on the ITTF World Tour; performed 697, received 417, misplaced 280!
The figures sum up Singapore, right here’s to the subsequent 90 years.