Singapore’s 3-Person Olympic Roster Smallest In 30 Years

Despite having a high-profile head coach in place through this summer, the nation of Singapore will be sending its smallest swimming roster in more than 30 years to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Joseph Schooling, Quah Zheng Wen and Quah Ting Wen are the three athletes who will be representing Singapore in Rio, with the former two having obtained A cuts. For Ting Wen, she was awarded universality, having only scored FINA B qualifying marks. Although the number of swimmers has shrunk over years past, the percentage of athletes with A cuts has risen for Singapore. For London 2012, only 1 of 5 swimmers, or 20%, owned an A cut, whereas this year, 2 out of 3, or 66% are A-cut qualified.

Singapore has 11 swimmers total with B cuts, but with the cap of 900 for total umber of swimmers competing in Rio, none got the FINA call-up, giving a nod to the increased ferocity of competition worldwide. Says Lopez of his small line-up, “It really shows how the whole world is really pushing high performance.” (The Strait Times)

“You have to be willing to train and push yourself past your limits and, at the same time, be willing to sacrifice small things (in) your personal life.”

“The world is getting smaller and, more and more, every one is able to get access to high performance training. (What’s) most important is to never give up on your dreams,” he continued.

National Team Assistant Gary Tan added, “The scope of things has really changed. Previously it was almost a straight qualification for the ‘B’ times, but now you either get an ‘A’ cut or you might not make it.”

One potential qualifier who missed her chance was Roanne Ho, who suffered a lung collapse in February of this year, forcing her to withdraw from March’s Singapore National Age Group Championships. That meet signified the final Olympic qualifying competition for Singaporean swimmers.

As reported, Lopez will be leaving his post as National Team Head Coach after the Rio Olympic conclude, having taken a position as Assistant Coach at Auburn University.

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WhoopsieDaisy

Now we know why Sergio left

Why?
Do you think he underperformed?

he obviously did! the least number in 30 years! either that or just can’t stay in one place for very long? what is the over/under for his time at auburn?

That depends on when Eddie retires

WhoopsieDaisy

Hahahah you think he’ll get the Texas job! LMAO and Yes, I think he under performed because he was focusing more on the likes of Cordes (USA) etc..

SeanSwimmer

Tao Li?

Tao Li taking a break this year

SeanSwimmer

Taking a break the Olympic year?

She mentioned that she knows she is not in medal or final making form, so decided to sit the year out and come back for the Southeast Asian Games in 2017 and Asian Games 2018 will be her swansong

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