S'pore's top pentathlete in the 1960s

Cheong Wai Hing won a gold medal in the high jump at the 1965 Seap Games, and was the last Singapore champion in this category.
Cheong Wai Hing won a gold medal in the high jump at the 1965 Seap Games, and was the last Singapore champion in this category.

Cheong Wai Hing, Singapore's top pentathlon athlete in the 1960s, set new records at the Singapore Athletic Amateur Championships at Farrer Park this week in 1965.

The teacher won in the shot-put and javelin categories.

She went on to win a gold medal in the high jump at the 1965 South-east Asian Peninsular (Seap) Games, and was the last Singapore champion in this category.

At the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok, she won a high jump bronze.

At the 1967 Seap Games in Bangkok, she won a gold medal in the pentathlon, which comprised the high jump, long jump, shot-put, 80m hurdles and a 200m run.

Cheong, who won a meritorious award for her achievements in athletics at the inaugural Singapore Sports Awards in 1968, is now about 70 years old.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2015, with the headline 'S'pore's top pentathlete in the 1960s'. Print Edition | Subscribe