Singapore sports in numbers 2015
29 December, 2015
Team Singapore bowler Shayna Ng won gold in the All Events title at the 2015 World Women's Bowling Championships after amassing a total pinfall of 5,587 throughout the competition.
Singapore's Shayna Ng in action during the SEA Games. Photo: Sport Singapore
The 26-year-old clinched Singapore’s first ever gold medal at the competition after emerging top of the 147 competitors in Abu Dhabi.
This year’s competition was also particularly historic for the Singapore team as it was the first time Singapore had won a medal in every event they participated in.
Ng edged American Liz Johnson to take the top spot by a narrow margin of one pinfall.
In the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Singapore took home a record haul of 259 medals in what was the republic’s most successful SEA Games to date.
The results far surpassed Singapore’s previous record of the 164 medals won in 1993 when the Games was last hosted here.
Singapore’s 259 medals consist of 84 gold, 73 silver and 102 bronze medals, leaving Singapore ranked second behind Thailand – Singapore’s highest ranking since the 1975 SEA Peninsular Games.
More than 40 medals from the recent biennial competition came from Swimming, with Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen winning a medal in every event they competed in.
Throughout the competition, Team Singapore athletes broke 25 Games records, 29 national records and 74 personal bests.
As Singapore’s best prospect for an Olympic medal in years, Joseph Schooling was expected to perform well in the SEA Games. But by winning nine gold medals in all nine events he competed in, Schooling exceeded all expectations and then some more.
Singapore's Joseph Schooling in action during the SEA Games. Photo: Sport Singapore
Despite not being fully fit and rested ahead of the SEA Games, he partook in nine events - a gruelling schedule usually reserved for the likes of Michael Phelps – and completely dominated his peers in the regional competition.
Ang Peng Siong’s national 50m freestyle record which stood untouched for almost 33 years was also broken by the 20-year-old with a time of 22.47 seconds.
Singapore was widely expected to lose against Asian giants Japan in a World Cup Qualifier in June, but the heroics of national goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud left the Samurai Blues hugely disappointed as they drew 0-0 with the tiny city-state.
Singapore's Madhu Mohana (first from left) in action with Japan's Mu Kanazaki (centre) as Singapore's Izwan Mahbud saves. Photo: Sport Singapore
A total of 18 saves were made that night that kept stars like Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa from getting on the score sheet.
The goalkeeping masterclass has made Mahbud a minor celebrity in Japan and inevitably drew attention from Japanese clubs like Matsumoto Yamaga – a J2 League side he eventually joined for a trial in December.