5 Lesser-Known Sports that Galvanised Singapore SEA Games Campaign

Sunday, June 14, 2015 Singapore Sports Stories 0 Comments

50 Golds was the initial target for Singapore's 28th SEA Games campaign and that goal has been thoroughly smashed, with traditionally strong sports like swimming, sailing, and table tennis gathering the golds.

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The tally (as of time of publish) stands at 233 medals - 74 Golds , 65 Silvers , 94 Bronzes -  for Singapore, more than twice of the 2013 campaign. This record haul is no less thanks to some sports that have not necessarily been in the sporting spotlight, until now. 

Here are 5 sports that have galvanised Singapore's SEA Games campaign. 


An unprecedented haul of 7 Golds and 5 Silvers sent the Singapore canoeists surging to the top of the medal tally for the sport. The men's team notched two golds in the K1-1000m and K2-1000m on the first day of racing before their female counterparts took a clean sweep of golds on the second day, winning the K1-500m, K2-500m, and K4-500m. They concluded the games with another two golds in the Men's K1-200m and Women's K1-200m. 

2013 medal haul: 2 Golds, 2 Silvers, 2 Bronzes
2015 medal haul: 7 Golds, 5 Silvers


Singapore's wushu exponents also made their mark on home territory, picking up 3 Golds on the first day, 1 on the second day and another 2 on the last day.

2013 medal haul: 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 2 Bronzes
2015 medal haul: 6 golds, 3 Silvers, 3 Bronzes


The sport last featured in the 2011 edition and Singapore took 1 Gold, 2 Silvers and 2 Bronze with Sasha Christian winning a shade each in Indonesia. The water skiers have improved their tally, taking 3 Golds and 2 Bronzes with a day of competition left.

2011 medal haul: 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 2 Bronzes
2015 medal haul: 3 Golds, 2 Bronzes


Singapore's Leona Hui (left) after her semi-final bout with Josie Gabuco of the Philippines. Photo: Dickson Phua, https://www.flickr.com/photos/gunman47/

The Singapore boxers excelled in this edition, improving from 2 Bronzes in 2013 to 2 Silvers, 4 Bronzes at this year's games. 

2013 medal haul: 2 Bronzes
2015 medal haul: 2 Silvers, 4 Bronzes

5. Fencing

The sport was also not in the 2013 games, last featuring in the 2011 edition in which the Singapore fencers picked up what now looks like a paltry haul of 1 Silver and 2 Bronzes. This year's games saw the fencers racking in medals in the double figures. 

2011 medal haul: 1 Silver, 2 Bronzes
2015 medal haul: 3 Golds, 3 Silvers, 7 Bronzes 

Combined haul for 2015 SEA Games: 19 Golds, 13 Silvers, 16 Bronzes

As much as the games has brought these sports some much deserved attention, these sports have galvanised the Singapore's SEA Games campaign, sending Singapore up the medal table. Now, support, in all aspects of the word, for these sports will perhaps grow as the athletes race, fight, or perform and that will no doubt make a stronger Team Singapore. 

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