The flag has been passed onto Tokyo, and Rio says goodbye to the 2016 Olympic Games. This year’s games had been especially special for us – with Joseph Schooling taking home the first ever gold medal.
But as we await the next games in four years time, let’s take a look at the past Olympic athletes who have brought glory to Singapore throughout the years.
10. London, 1948
After the war ended, high-jumper Lloyd Oscar Valberg (Joseph Schooling’s grand uncle) became the first athlete to represent Singapore as a crown colony in the 1948 Olympics.
A firefighter by trade, he emerged 14th out of 20 without a coach or even access to proper equipment for training, and made up the smallest contingent (just him and his captain) during the opening ceremony that year.
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