Author Archives: Mariati

First To Complete Death Valley Challenge

Lim Nghee Huat and Yong Yuen Cheng did the 217-km run across Death Valley, through extreme temperatures of up to 55 deg C and a vertical elevation of 4,000m from 19-21 Jul 2007. Both successfully scaled the summit of Whitney Portal to complete the race, Lim in a time of 51.49 hr and Yong in 54.39 hr. They were the first from South-East Asia to participate in the challenge. Read More »

First Judo Olympian

9th dan KS Moorthy won a gold for Singapore at the 1965 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. Moorthy participated in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Read More »

First SEA Games Joint Gold Medallists

Identical twins Nicole and Tabitha Tay created SEA Games history on 9 Dec 2007 when they were crowned joint gold medallists in the women’s artistic gymnastics all-round finals at Korat, Thailand. Both chalked up identical scores of 54.20. Read More »

Highest Golf Prize Winnings

For the year 2010, Mardan Mamat earned a whopping S$775,343 in prize money after 16 years of professional playing. He was the first Singaporean to win a European tour event, winning first place at the 2004 Indian Open as well as the Osim Singapore Masters. Read More »

First Gold Medal At The Paralympics

16-year-old Yip Pin Xiu, who has muscular dystrophy, became the first Singapore athlete to win a gold at the Beijing Paralympic Games in Sep 2008 when she came in first in the 50m backstroke (S3). Her 58.75 sec time is 7.32 sec ahead of the silver medalist. Earlier in the heats, she set a new world record of 57.92 sec for the event. Yip also won a silver medal in ... Read More »

First Cybergames World Medallist

On 19 Nov 2005, 24-year-old Wilson Chia, a Nanyang Polytechnic graduate became the first Singaporean to win a silver medal and prize money of US$10,000 for Dead or Alive Ultimate at the World Cyber Games at Suntec City. Chia turned professional cybergamer in 2007 and outfought the top-rated player Ryan Ward to end the American’s 14-game unbeaten record in the martial arts computer game Dead or Alive 4 at the ... Read More »

Oldest Competitor At The Asian Games

65-year-old Alan Puan participated at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha for billiards, making him the oldest Singaporean competitor as well as the senior-most among the 12,000 participants at the Games. Read More »