Singapore at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Singapore at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo

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Singapore at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of Singapore.svg
NOCSingapore National Olympic Council
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors23 in 11 sports
Flag bearer Loh Kean Yew
Yu Mengyu
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
Malaysia Malaysia (1964)

Singapore is expected to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games have been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] It will be the nation's seventeenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics,[2] except for two different editions. Singapore was part of the Malaysian team at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but did not attend at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, because of its support for the United States boycott.


The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games.

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 0 1 1
Badminton 1 1 2
Diving 1 1 2
Equestrian 0 1 1
Fencing 0 2 2
Gymnastics 0 1 1
Rowing 0 1 1
Sailing 1 3 4
Shooting 0 1 1
Swimming 2 2 4
Table tennis 1 3 4
Total 6 17 23


Singapore received a universality slot from IAAF to send a female athlete to the Olympics.[3][4]

  • 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 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Veronica Shanti Pereira Women's 200 m


Singapore entered two badminton players (one per gender) into the Olympic tournament. Loh Kean Yew and Yeo Jia Min were selected to compete at the Games in the men's and women's singles, respectively, based on the BWF World Race to Tokyo Rankings.[5][6]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Rank Opposition
Loh Kean Yew Men's singles  Christie (INA)
  ( ,  )
 Mahmoud (EOR)
  ( ,  )
Yeo Jia Min Women's singles  Kim (KOR)
  ( ,  )
 Gaitan (MEX)
  ( ,  )


Singapore sent one diver to the Olympic competition by winning the gold medal in the men's platform at the 2019 Asian Diving Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, marking the country's debut in the sport at the Games. Additionally, another diver qualified in the Olympics after finishing fifteenth in the semifinal round of the women's platform in FINA Diving World Cup thereby making the country's first female diver.[7][8]

Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Jonathan Chan Men's 10 m platform
Freida Lim Women's 10 m platform


With New Zealand withdrawing and Malaysia failing to comply with the minimum eligibility requirements, Singapore received an invitation from FEI to send a dressage rider to the Games, as the next highest-ranked eligible nation within the individual FEI Olympic Rankings for Group G (South East Asia, Oceania).[9] This outcome signified the nation's Olympic debut in the equestrian disciplines.[10]


Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Technical Artistic Score Rank
Caroline Chew Tribiani Individual

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualified for the final; q = Qualified for the final as a lucky loser


Singapore entered two fencers into the Olympic competition for the first time since 1992. Kiria Tikanah (women's épée) and American-based Amita Berthier (women's foil) claimed the fencing spots on the Singaporean roster as the sole winners of their respective individual events at the Asia and Oceania Zonal Qualifier in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.[11][12]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Kiria Tikanah Women's épée  Lin (HKG) W 15–11  Popescu (ROM) L 10–15 Did not advance
Amita Berthier Women's foil



Singapore entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition for the first time since 2012. Tan Sze En received a spare berth freed up by host nation Japan, as one of the twelve highest-ranked gymnasts, neither part of the team nor qualified directly through the all-around, at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
Tan Sze En All-around


Singapore received an invitation from World Rowing to send a rower competing in the women's single sculls to the Games, as the next highest-ranked nation vying for qualification at the 2021 FISA Asia & Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta in Tokyo, Japan.[13]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Joan Poh Women's single sculls 8:31.12 6 R 8:40.06 4 SE/F Bye

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 qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the class-associated World Championships and the continental regattas.[14]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Ryan Lo Men's Laser N/A
Amanda Ng Women's RS:X
Kimberly Lim
Cecilia Low
Women's 49erFX

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


Singaporean shooters achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2018 ISSF World Championships, the 2019 ISSF World Cup series, and Asian Championships, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) by 31 May 2020.[15]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Adele Tan Women's 10 m air rifle 625.3 21 Did not advance


Singaporean swimmers further 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)). Another swimmer qualified via universality places:[16][17][18]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Quah Zheng Wen Men's 100 m backstroke
Men's 100 m butterfly
Men's 200 m butterfly
Joseph Schooling Men's 100 m butterfly
Men's 100 m freestyle
Chantal Liew Women's 10 km open water N/A
Quah Ting Wen Women's 50 m freestyle
Women's 100 m freestyle

Table tennis

Singapore entered four athletes into the table tennis competition at the Games. The women's team secured a berth by advancing to the quarterfinal round of the 2020 World Olympic Qualification Event in Gondomar, Portugal, permitting a maximum of two starters to compete in the women's singles tournament and men's single at 2021 Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Doha, Qatar.[19] Meanwhile, Clarence Chew scored a zonal-match triumph for Southeast Asia to book a men's singles spot at the Asian Qualification Tournament in Doha, Qatar.[20]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Clarence Chew Men's singles N/A  Diaw (SEN)
W 4–2
Feng Tianwei Women's singles
Yu Mengyu
Feng Tianwei
Lin Ye
Yu Mengyu
Women's team N/A


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