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SINGAPORE BOOK OF RECORDS Basketball Most Bemedalled Archer


The most bemedalled archer to date is Sam Tan Pek Hoon. Her list of achievements includes fi ve silvers, two golds and one bronze from the SEA Games in 1977 and 1983.


First Gold Medallist In An International Tournament


Bill Wee was the fi rst international gold medallist in archery held at the New South Wales State Championship in Sydney in 1962. He founded Singapore’s fi rst archery club in 1964 and the Archery Association of Singapore in 1967.


Badminton Rally World’s Largest Badminton


More than 600 people turned up at Raffl es City on 23 Mar 2009 for the record which was a run-up to the Aviva Badminton Open. The feat was achieved with a total of 96 diff erent people each hitting a shot in one continuous rally. Badminton stars Ronald Susilo, Kendrick Lee and Zarina Abdullah also took part in the Guinness record attempt.


Youngest National Women’s Champion


SCGS student Colleen Goh became the young- est national women’s badminton champion when she won Cheers Badminton Nationals and Masters at the age of 14. The game was held at the Singapore Badminton Hall on 21 Mar 2004. Goh defeated 2003-under-17 champion Vanessa Neo 11-4, 11-6.


First And Youngest Player To Win Grand Prix Event


In 2004, Kendrick Lee was the fi rst Singa- porean to win the US Open Championships’ (1-star) men’s singles title, and the youngest male player worldwide to do so, at 20. He was also the fi rst Singapore-born to win an Inter- national Badminton Federation event when he took the men’s singles crown at the 2004 Thailand Asian Satellite (A Grade) tournament. He added the men’s singles and men’s doubles (with Ronald Susilo) titles to his belt at the Cheers Badminton Nationals in 2005.


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Youngest Gold Medallist At Commonwealth Games


Li Li became Singapore’s youngest Com- monwealth Games gold medallist when she clinched the women’s badminton singles title at the 17th Games in Manchester in 2002 at the age of 19. Li began formal badminton training at eight and joined the national badminton squad when she was 14.


First Asian To Win All-England Cup And Thomas Cup


Wong Peng Soon (1918-1996) was the fi rst Asian to win the


First Winner Of Japan Open


Ronald Susilo scored his fi rst major men’s singles title in the prestigious Japan Open 2004. He also became the fi rst Singaporean since 1968 to play in the semi-fi nals of the premier All-England Championships. In 2005, he was the fi rst badminton player to be named Sportsman of the Year.


Highest Ranked Local Player At Olympics


Ronald Susilo progressed to the fi nal eight in the badminton men’s singles competition at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.


First Woman Player To Win Grand Prix Event


Xing Aiying won the US Open Grand Prix in 2004. She also captured the singles and doubles Cheers Youth International titles in 2005 and the Thailand King Cup in 2003.


First Woman Semi-Finalist Of Grand Prix Event


Zarina Abdullah was the fi rst Singaporean woman to reach the semi-fi nals of a World Grand Prix Badminton Tournament in Apr 1993. She was ranked 25th on the IBF listing in 1996.


Titles Ong Poh Lim and Ismail Marjun were the fi rst duo to participate at the All-England Cup in 1951, where they emerged runners-up. They also swept the Singapore Open doubles titles for four consecutive years from 1952-1955. They went on to win many tournaments including the Danish, French and British titles, among others. Ong was well-known for his tricky ‘crocodile serve.’


First IBF-Recognised Coach


Eddie Ang became the fi rst Singaporean to qualify as an International Badminton Federa- tion-certifi ed umpire in Feb 1992.


Pair With Most Doubles


All-England Championships four times from 1950 to 1952 and in 1955. His consecutive wins from 1950-1952 gave him the privilege of retaining the All-England Cup. In 1948, his team was the fi rst to win the Thomas Cup, the fi rst world-class badminton tournament. He was also the undisputed singles champion in Singapore for seven times and in Malaya for eight times during the 1930s through the 1950s.


First Professional Team


Singapore Slingers, the fi rst professional basketball team based in South-East Asia was launched on 23 May 2006. It played the fi rst two seasons in the Australian National Basket- ball League (NBL). From Oct 2009, they joined the Asean Basketball League (ABL) created by Tony Fernandes, the new ABL Chairman and owner of AirAsia.


Body Building


Oldest Gold Medallist


The oldest bodybuilder to win a gold medal (individual) is Ibrahim Sihat. He was 48 when he competed in the 2005 SEA Games in Pasay City, Philippines bagging the fl yweight division title.


Youngest Mr Singapore


23-year-old Sasikumar Manogaran won the lightweight (70 kg) title at the 45th National Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships at the Victoria Theatre on 6 May 2007. Standing at 1.65m tall, he was the youngest ever to win the competition.


First Consecutive Gold Medallist At Asian Games


Bodybuilder Simon Chua is the only Singaporean to have won two golds in consecu- tive Asian Games, in Busan in 2002 and Doha in 2006.


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