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Singapore at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Singapore competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's sixteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics.

Singapore at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Singapore.svg
NOCSingapore National Olympic Council
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors25 in 7 sports
Flag bearerDerek Wong Zi Liang (opening)[1]
Griselda Khng (closing)
Ranked 54th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
Malaysia Malaysia (1964)

The Singapore National Olympic Council sent a team of 25 athletes, 9 men and 16 women, to compete in seven different sports at the Games, matching the nation's full roster size with Beijing.[2] For the fourth consecutive time in its Summer Olympic history, the Singaporean roster also featured more female athletes than males. Sailing had the largest team by sport with a total of ten competitors, roughly forty percent of the nation's full roster size; there was only a single competitor in rowing, the country's Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro.

The Singaporean roster featured nine returning Olympians, with table tennis players Gao Ning and Feng Tianwei, who held a tally of three medals (one silver and two bronze) throughout her Olympic career, headed to their third straight Games. Seven Singaporean athletes, on the other hand, returned for their second appearance in Rio de Janeiro, including rifle shooter Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei, world-ranked butterfly swimmer Joseph Schooling, along with siblings Quah Zheng Wen and Quah Ting Wen, sailors Colin Cheng and Elizabeth Yue Ling Yin, and badminton player Derek Wong Zi Liang, who was selected to lead the delegation as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony, becoming the first male to do so since 2004.[1]

Singapore left Rio de Janeiro with its first ever gold medal in Olympic history. It was awarded to Schooling, who did not only beat all-time medal leader and his personal hero Michael Phelps, but also established a new Olympic record to claim the men's 100 m butterfly title.[3][4]

Swimmer Joseph Schooling won Singapore's first ever Olympic gold medal.



The following Singaporean competitors won medals at the Games. In the by discipline sections below, medalists' names are bolded. [5]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Gold Joseph Schooling Swimming Men's 100 m butterfly August 12


Singaporean athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[6][7]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Timothee Yap Men's 100 m 10.84 2 Q 10.79 9 Did not advance
Neo Jie Shi Women's marathon N/A 3:15:18 131


Singapore has qualified two badminton players for each of the following events into the Olympic tournament. London 2012 Olympian Derek Wong Zi Liang and Liang Xiaoyu were selected among the top 34 individual shuttlers each in the men's and women's singles based on the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016.[8]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Rank Opposition
Derek Wong Zi Liang Men's singles   Lee C W (MAS)
L (18–21, 8–21)
  Opti (SUR)
W (21–5, 21–6)
2 Did not advance
Liang Xiaoyu Women's singles   Sung J-h (KOR)
L (17–21, 11–21)
  Lansac (FRA)
W (21–7, 21–15)
2 Did not advance


Singapore has qualified one boat in the women's single sculls for the Olympics at the 2016 Asia & Oceania Continental Qualification Regatta in Chungju, South Korea, signifying the nation's Olympic sporting debut.[9]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Saiyidah Aisyah Women's single sculls 8:44.71 3 QF Bye 7.56.00 6 SC/D 8:22.45 6 FD 7:55.73 23

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage


Singaporean sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the individual fleet Worlds, and Asian qualifying regattas.[10][11]

Following the completion of the Princess Sofia Trophy, the Singapore Sailing Federation had announced their selection for the men's RS:X, Laser Radial, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 to represent the country at the Rio regatta. The women's 470 crew was added to the squad based on the sailors' results at the World and European Championships.[12] Laser sailor and London 2012 Olympian Colin Cheng Xin Ru rounded out the internal selection for the Singaporeans at the World Championships in Riviera Nayarita, Mexico.[13]

2015 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Audrey Yong was the last Singaporean sailor chosen to the Olympic team, as the nation received a spare Olympic berth freed up by Canada in the women's RS:X by the International Sailing Federation.[14]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Leonard Ong RS:X 33 33 35 33 DNF 27 36 DNF 20 DNF 34 DNF EL 362 35
Colin Cheng Xin Ru Laser 5 20 13 18 21 UFD 27 22 25 9 N/A EL 160 20
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Audrey Yong RS:X 25 25 24 25 23 18 DNF 24 22 DNC DNC DNC EL 266 25
Elizabeth Yue Ling Yin Laser Radial 19 29 26 11 23 25 20 17 UFD 23 N/A EL 193 26
Jovina Choo
Amanda Ng
470 17 17 20 21 18 21 19 17 18 18 N/A EL 166 20
Griselda Khng
Sara Tan
49erFX 12 19 17 11 14 11 8 20 15 7 8 13 EL 135 15
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Justin Liu
Denise Lim
Nacra 17 2 14 14 18 18 17 14 14 18 17 21 11 EL 157 19

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race


Singaporean shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2014 and 2015 ISSF World Championships, the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and Asian Championships, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) by March 31, 2016.[15] For the first time in the nation's Olympic history, Singapore will enter two sport shooters at the Games on a qualifying merit.[16]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei Women's 10 m air rifle 413.5 25 N/A Did not advance
Women's 50 m rifle 3 positions 568 34 N/A Did not advance
Teo Shun Xie Women's 10 m air pistol 375 37 N/A Did not advance
Women's 25 m pistol 571 29 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)


Singaporean swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[17][18]

2015 Worlds bronze medalist Joseph Schooling, and siblings Quah Ting Wen and Quah Zheng Wen were the only swimmers to be named to the Singaporean roster for the Games, the smallest in more than three decades.[19]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Quah Zheng Wen Men's 100 m backstroke 54.38 22 Did not advance
Men's 100 m butterfly 52.08 16 Q 52.26 15 Did not advance
Men's 200 m butterfly 1:56.01 10 Q 1:56.11 10 Did not advance
Joseph Schooling Men's 100 m freestyle 48.27 6 Q 48.70 16 Did not advance
Men's 100 m butterfly 51.41 1 Q 50.83 AS 1 Q 50.39 OR  
Quah Ting Wen Women's 100 m butterfly 1:00.88 34 Did not advance

Table tennisEdit

Singapore has fielded a team of five athletes into the table tennis competition at the Games. London 2012 bronze medalist Feng Tianwei and 2015 Commonwealth champion Chen Feng secured the Olympic spot each in the men's and women's singles as the highest-ranked player coming from the Southeast Asia zone at the Asian Qualification Tournament in Hong Kong.[20] Meanwhile, Gao Ning and Yu Mengyu were automatically selected among the top 22 eligible players each in their respective singles events based on the ITTF Olympic Rankings.[21]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Chen Feng Men's singles   Oláh (FIN)
L 1–4
Did not advance
Gao Ning Bye   Drinkhall (GBR)
0L 3–4
Did not advance
Feng Tianwei Women's singles Bye   Ni Xl (LUX)
W 4–2
  Liu J (AUT)
W 4–1
  Fukuhara (JPN)
L 0–4
Did not advance
Yu Mengyu Bye   Lay J F (AUS)
W 4–0
  Jeon J-h (KOR)
0W 4–1
  Kim S-i (PRK)
L 2–4
Did not advance
Feng Tianwei
Yu Mengyu
Zhou Yihan
Women's team N/A   Egypt (EGY)
W 3–0
  South Korea (KOR)
W 3–2
  China (CHN)
L 0–3
  Japan (JPN)
L 1–3

See alsoEdit


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