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Shanti Pereira

Athletics

Sprinter Shanti Pereira secured one of the two remaining universality places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after she was selected as Singapore Athletic Association’s nominated entry in accordance with SAA’s selection criteria as the top ranked track athlete in Singapore.

Universality places are set aside for National Olympic Committees (NOCs) whose athletes fall short of entry requirements for Olympic events.

In athletics, NOCs with no male or female qualified athlete or relay team can enter their best-ranked male athlete or their best-ranked female athlete in one athletic event, with some exceptions, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The 24-year-old currently holds the national record of 23.60secs for 200m. She will be competing in the women’s 200m event at her first Olympic Games.

Loh Kean Yew

Badminton

The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) announced on 7 Jun that the republic’s top men’s badminton player Loh Kean Yew, 23 has qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo by virtue of his current position of 18th in the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF’s) road to Tokyo rankings.

The Race to Tokyo rankings is a system that decides who qualifies for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Loh, a silver medalist in the men’s singles at the last SEA Games, will be making his debut at the Olympics. He also has a bronze medal from the team events at the 2019 SEA Games.

Yeo Jia Min

Badminton

National shuttler Yeo Jia Min also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after the Badminton World Federation confirmed its qualification list on 7 June.

While the qualification period closes only on June 15, the BWF had confirmed in May that there would be no further tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic. This had led to the postponement of the May 11-16 India Open and May 25-30 Malaysia Open and the cancellation of the June 1-6 Singapore Open.

As a result, both Loh and Yeo secured their Olympic spots by virtue of being 18th and 17th in the Race to Tokyo men's and women's rankings respectively, with 38 places allocated for each singles event. Like Loh, Yeo will also be making her Olympic debut when the Tokyo Games open on July 23.

Freida Lim

Diving

Freida Lim has made history by becoming the first Singaporean female diver to qualify for the Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old finished 11th in the women’s 10m Platform preliminary competition at the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo in May, advancing to the semi-finals, before finishing 15th with a score of 272.35.

According to FINA, the sport's international governing body, a total of 68 Olympic spots for female divers are available - 32 in the synchronised events and 36 for the two individual events.

Up to 18 athletes at the FINA Diving World Cup - the top 18 in each event - would have potentially earned themselves a spot at the Olympic Games. Lim had been awaiting confirmation from FINA on her participation at the Tokyo Games and her qualification was eventually announced on 22 Jun by the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA).

She will join compatriot Jonathan Chan, who booked his berth in 2019. She is now only the second diver in Singapore's history to qualify for the Olympics.

JONATHAN CHAN

diving

Local diver Jonathan Chan made history by becoming the first ever Singaporean diver to qualify for the Olympics after he won the Men's 10m Platform final at the Asian Diving Cup in Malaysia back in September 2019.

That was no mean feat as Chan beat the likes of China's Wang Zewei and North Korea's Ri Kwon Hyok to claim the gold medal at the Bukit Jalil National Aquatic Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

The achievement also makes Chan the first Singaporean to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old had previously competed at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, and finished with two silvers as well as two bronzes at the 2017 Sea Games.

Caroline Chew

Equestrian

A Team Singapore equestrian rider will be making her Olympic debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Equestrian Federation of Singapore confirmed that Caroline Chew and her horse Tribiani will be representing Singapore at the upcoming Tokyo 2020. It marks the first time that Singapore is competing in equestrian at the Olympics.

Chew will be competing in the Dressage Individual event, which involves performing a series of movements with precision, athleticism and grace, which will test the bond between Chew and Tribiani, which has been built up over the last six years.

Chew represents Singapore internationally at equestrian events, having represented Singapore at the Southeast Asian Games in 2007, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Amita Berthier

Fencing

Amita Berthier booked her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after winning the women's foil event at the Asia-Oceanian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 25 Apr 2021.

The 20-year-old, who is the reigning champion in the women's individual foil at the SEA Games, will be Singapore's first female fencer to compete at the Olympics and is also the first to qualify outright for the event. 

Fencers James Wong and Ronald Tan competed at the 1992 Olympics in the foil and epee events, but did not have to qualify as they were selected by virtue of being the country's top fencers in their events.

In Uzbekistan, Berthier had won five out of six matches in her pool, before moving on to the knockout stage. She then beat India's Radhika Prakash Awati 15-3, before emerging victorious against Lebanon's Mona Shaito (15-4) and edging out Uzbekistan's Yala Alborova 15-14 to seal her place at the Games.

Kiria Tikanah

Fencing

Singapore will have not one but two fencers at Tokyo 2020 after Kiria Tikanah Abdul Rahman won the women's epee event at the same Asia-Oceania Olympic qualification tournament in Tashkent on 26 Apr, a day after team mate Amita Berthier.

Kiria, 20, beat Kazakhstan's Ulyana Balaganskaya 15-13 in the finals. She had overcome Thailand's Korawan Thanee 15-12 in the semi-finals.

Kiria is the reigning SEA Games gold medallist in the same event after winning in 2019 in the Philippines.

tan sze en

gymnastics

Seven years after we witnessed our very first Singaporean gymnast qualify and compete at the Olympic Games, we will be seeing another Team SG athlete compete in Gymnastics when Tan Sze En booked her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The 19-year-old Singaporean secured her spot in the Artistic Gymnastics event after an impressive performance at the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

Based in the United States, Sze En has put on hold the start of her NCAA career at Stanford University, in order to focus and prepare for Tokyo 2020.

She is just the second gymnast to achieve this feat, and follows in the footsteps of Lim Heem Wei (London 2012), the first Singaporean gymnast to compete at the Olympics for the Republic.

Chantel Liew

Open Water Swimming

Open water swimmer Chantal Liew booked her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on 19 Jun, and in doing so, became the first Singaporean to ever qualify in the discipline.

Liew finished 29th in the 10km race at FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Setubal, Portugal, sealing her qualification spot for the women’s marathon swimming event at the Olympics.

The 22-year-old clocked a time of 2:12:19.5 and qualified by virtue of being the best Asian finisher behind Japanese athletes Yumi Kida and Minami Niikura.

Writing her name in the history books is not new to Liew. In 2017, she was first Singaporean woman to win an open water swimming medal at the SEA Games after she clinched a silver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Joan Poh

Rowing

National rower Joan Poh had to endure a 20-day wait to find out if she made it to the Olympics. But the 30 year-old, who is coached by Laryssa Biesenthal, a Canadian former athlete and Olympic bronze medallist, finally received the news that she had been waiting for on 28 May when the World Rowing Federation confirmed that her 12th-place finish at the Asia and Oceania qualification regatta in Tokyo on 7 May was enough for her to earn a maiden Olympic appearance.

Amanda Ng

Sailing

Windsurfer Amanda Ng earned her spot in this year's Olympics after winning her event at the Mussanah Open Championship on 8 Apr 2021.

Ng, who had to finish first in her event to qualify for the Games, saw off a challenge from the Philippines' Charizanne Napa and came out tops in her medal race. She also won seven out of 12 previous races to finish with a nett score of 17 points, ahead of Napa who had 24 points.

This will be Ng's second Olympics, having competed in the 2016 edition of the Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she placed 20th in the women's 470 event together with Jovina Choo.

Ng will join compatriots Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low who have already qualified for the 49erFX event in Tokyo.

Ryan Lo

Sailing

Laser sailor Ryan Lo also qualified for Tokyo 2020 by winning their his event at the Mussanah Open Championship.

The 24-year-old Lo, who is the 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist, won five of the 10 races during the first five days of fleet racing in Oman, finishing 7th in the medal race on the final day to wrap up the competition with a nett score of 31 points. This put him ahead of India's Vishnu Saravanan (53) and Thailand's Keerati Bualong (57).

The event acted as the Asian qualifiers for the Olympics, with the top two sailors in Lo's event earning a qualification spot.

The Asian qualifiers had been slated to take place in Abu Dhabi but was postponed twice since March last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adele Tan

Shooting

The Singapore Shooting Association has nominated Adele Tan as its women's 10m air rifle representative for the Tokyo Olympics.

The 22-year-old National University of Singapore psychology freshman emerged from a group of top shooters after a selection process that took into account four meets - the H&N Cup in Munich last year and three internal shoots. Tan won gold in at the H&N Cup and set a national record of 632.5 points in the process to clinch the nomination, seeing off strong competition from the likes of London 2012 and Rio 2016 representative Jasmine Ser, 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Martina Veloso, Tessa Neo and Ho Xiu Yi.

joseph schooling

swimming

Singapore's Joseph Schooling booked a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by finishing the  men's 100m butterfly event at the Southeast Asian Games in 51.84 seconds to narrowly beat the Olympic qualifying standard of 51.96 seconds.

He had held on to his 100m butterfly crown - the pet event in which he won an Olympic title in 2016 - but was pushed right to the end by teammate Quah Zheng Wen who finished only three hundredths of a second behind.

The gold medalist in the 100m butterfly at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was also Singapore's first-ever Olympic medalist. His winning time of 50.39s is also a National, Southeast Asian, Asian and Olympic record.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the Texas Longhorns swimming team, one of the top collegiate swim programmes under two-time United States Olympic men's head coach Eddie Reese. He first qualified for the Olympics in 2012 after winning the 200m butterfly at the 2011 SEA Games.

Quah Ting Wen

Swimming

Singapore’s contingent for the Olympic Games was finalized after swimmer Quah Ting Wen joined sprinter Shanti Pereira by securing the remaining universality place at the Games.

Quah qualified by virtue of being the highest-ranked athlete based upon the FINA Points Table achieved by June 2021.

In swimming, NOCs with no athletes who have achieved an Olympic qualifying time or Olympic selection time can enter one man and one woman, as long as those athletes competed at the 18th FINA World Championships in 2019 or are approved to compete by FINA, swimming’s governing body.

FINA has made an exception to this for Tokyo due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing NOCs to enter their highest-ranked male or female athlete in one individual event based on the 2021 FINA Points Table, through a performance in an approved FINA Olympic qualifying event.

Being the athlete with the highest ranked FINA points, Ting Wen received the FINA Universality slot awarded for the Games.

Tokyo will be Quah's third Olympic outing, after Beijing in 2008 and Rio in 2016. She is also the holder of no less than six national records.

quah zheng wen

swimming

Quah Zheng Wen was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) amongst the male athletes at the 2019 SEA Games in Philippines, having won the highest number of medals, with a haul of six gold and two silver.

In the process, the 23-year-old also qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke events.

The men's 100m butterfly event saw an amazing duel between Quah Zheng Wen and Joseph Schooling, which saw Quah leading for all but the final few metres. Matching strokes from start to finish, it was Schooling who swept home in in 51.84s with Quah a mere 0.03 seconds behind him for silver, with both managing to crack the Olympic 'A' qualifying time of 51.96s.

Quah had earlier won the men's 100m backstroke in 53.79s to become the first Singaporean swimmer to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Quah achieved a personal best time in 200 meters butterfly in the heats to qualify for a semifinal berth at an Olympics swim competition.

Clarence Chew

Table Tennis

Clarence Chew made history by becoming the first Singapore-born male table tennis player to qualify for the men's singles competition at the Olympics.

The 25-year-old beat compatriot Koen Pang, the reigning SEA Games champion, in the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Doha to earn his spot in Tokyo.

The two Singaporeans had topped their respective groups in the South-east Asian contest at the tournament and won their respective semi-final matches to set up an all-Singaporean final, guaranteeing a spot for the Republic in Tokyo.

The last male paddler to represent Singapore in the singles at a Summer Games was China-born Gao, who donned the Republic's colours at the 2016 edition in Rio. He was eliminated in the second round.

Teams

kimberly lim, cecilia low

Sailing Team

Singapore sailors Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low earned the country a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with their performance at the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Auckland back in December 2019.

Six Olympic berths were up for grabs for nations who had not already qualified at the 2018 World Championships, which marked the start of the qualifying period.

The top eight from the 2018 regatta secure Olympic qualification for their respective countries. Lim, 23, and 28-year-old Low finished in 34th place then.

In Auckland, the pair, who are the Asian Games champions, finished seventh among the countries who had not qualified for the Tokyo Games. But with each national Olympic committee allowed to take up a maximum of one berth and two teams from the US qualifying, the Singaporeans earned the last spot available.

The 49erFX made its Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games, where Team Singapore was represented by Griselda Khng and Sara Tan.

Singapore sailors have qualified for every edition of the Olympics since 1984, peaking at 10 sailors in seven events at Rio 2016.
                   

Feng Tianwei, Lin Ye, Yu Mengyu

Table Tennis Team

The Singapore women's table tennis team earned their ticket to Tokyo at the World Team Qualification Tournament in Gondomar, Portugal, in a thrilling battle that went down to the wire, before edging out the Netherlands 3-2.

Teams that made the quarter-finals in the tournament earn an automatic berth to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Countries that have earned a team berth will also gain two slots in the women's singles.

Led by 2012 singles bronze medallist Feng Tianwei, along with Yu Mengyu and Lin Ye, this will the third appearance at the Olympics for the Singapore women's table tennis team since the team event was introduced in Beijing in 2008. After winning a team silver and bronze in 2008 and 2012, the team returned empty-handed from Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

World No. 10 Feng and world No. 48 Yu will also contest the women's singles.

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