Cambodia 2023 : Tributes pour in for TeamSG's 1,000th SEA Games Gold medal winners!
TeamSG's Quah Ting Wen, Nur Marina Chan, Quah Jing Wen and Amanda Lim won Singapore's 1,000th SEA Games gold medal. Photo Credit : Andy Chua/SNOC
6 May 2023 will be long be remembered in the history books, as the day which our Team Singapore athletes fought and won their 1,000th GOLD Medal at the Southeast Asia Games (SEAG)! The monumental achievement took place almost 65 years since the Republic won its 1st gold at the inaugural regional event in 1959. Known as the Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games back then in Bangkok, it was Singapore's track and field legend, the late Tan Eng Yoon, who had the distinction of claiming the country's first gold medal via his victory in the 400m Hurdles final.
40 years later (Brunei 1999) and competing in her 5th SEA Games campaign, Joscelin Yeo's victory in the glamour event of the swimming programme ie the 50m Freestyle final, helped the Republic to claim its 500th SEAG Gold. And after almost a quarter of a century later, it would take 4 swimmers to carve their names in history, with the 1,000th gold achieved via a victory in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay in Phnom Penh. The quartet of Quah Ting Wen, together with her younger sister Jing Wen, Nur Marina Chan and Amanda Lim, delivered a commanding performance time of 3 mins 44.29 secs to reach the milestone.
TeamSG's Quah Ting Wen and sister Jing Wen in Cambodia 2023. Photo Credit : Andy Chua /SNOC
6 May will also be remembered fondly by the Quah family as Jing Wen clinched Singapore's 370th gold medal for Swimming at the SEA Games, while her older brother Zheng Wen, won his 5th straight championship title in the 100m backstroke event across the last 10 years! Team Singapore arrived in Cambodia on the back of 995 gold medals won in previous editions. And with the traditional swimming programme starting on the 1st day of the Games, it was only a matter of hours, before the 1,000th gold was secured. Meanwhile, within less than a day of the glorious achievement, ActiveSG Circle received congratulatory messages from the Republic's legends and current stars!
James Wong (Won 10 SEA Games Gold medals for TeamSG in track and field)
"Every gold medal counts and every single athlete who's contributed to the success of reaching this milestone, deserves to be celebrated. The 1,000th Gold for Singapore is no easy feat and I’m very happy to hear that out 4 swim princess did it in a spectacular way for all of us to celebrate with them and the nation. Great job ladies. Keep it up".
At the end of the penultimate day of competition (10 May), Team Singapore's swimmers garnered a total of 19 Gold, 12 Silver and 9 Bronze medals.
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