Author Archives: Mariati

First Asian Wakeboarding Champion

14-year-old Sasha Christian won a bronze at the 2007 Wakeboard Championships. In Aug 2009, she put up her best ever competitive performance and won a gold medal at the Asian Wakeboard Championships held in Chuncheon City, South Korea. Christian was crowned Reef Wakefest Singapore champion and Singapore national wakeboard champion from 2004-2008. Read More »

First International Water-Ski Gold Medallist

17-year-old Roger Koa was the first Singaporean to break the 4,000-point barrier at the World Water-Skiing Championships in Florida in 1989. In 1992, he won a gold medal in men’s tricks at the Asian Australasian Championships in Omigawa. He also won 3 gold medals in men’s slalom, tricks and jumps in the 1997 SEA Games held in Jakarta. Read More »

Most Team Golds At SEA Games

The water polo men’s team is the record holder for a national team with the most number of gold medals in the SEA Games. The team has won gold at every SEA Games since its independence in 1965. Read More »

Fastest 10,000m Athlete

PC Suppiah was the first Singapore athlete to go below 32 min at the 10,000m race when he clocked 31 min 59.2 sec at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Suppiah also won a surprise gold medal for the 10,000m at the 1971 SEAP Games in Kuala Lumpur. His national record of 31 min 19 sec which he set in Manila in 1973 is the oldest running record yet to be broken. Read More »

First Team Golds At Commonwealth Games

The women’s team, comprising Jing Junhong, Li Jiawei, Tan Paey Fern and Zhang Xueling, was the first to win a gold for Singapore at the Commonwealth Games in 40 years. At the 2002 Games in Manchester, Li Jiawei and Duan Yongjun also won Singapore’s first table tennis mixed doubles gold. Li Jiawei scooped another gold in doubles with Jing Junhong. Read More »

First Asian Games Sailing Golds

Joan Huang and Naomi Tan, a student-teacher pair, won a gold in the International 420 class at the 13th Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. The men’s team comprising Siew Shaw Her and Colin Ng also won the gold in the same event. Read More »

First Asian Woman To Cross The Atlantic Solo

The first Asian female sailor to complete the Mini Transat sailing boat race was Elaine Chua San-San. She single-handedly sailed 4,153.85 km across the Atlantic Ocean in Nov 2005 from Brest, France to Martinique, West Indies. Read More »

First Round-The-World Clipper Race

The crew from Uniquely Singapore finished fifth in the 35,000-nautical-mile race around the globe. Starting on 18 Sep 2005 in Singapore, the race ended in Liverpool, UK on 29 Jul 2006. The Dubois 68 racing yacht was manned by a crew of 18, some of whom took part in the entire circumnavigation race while others took part in certain legs of the race. Read More »