The SEA level has risen. Four years ago, South-east Asia's athletes failed to deliver a single gold medal at the London Olympics - a first since the 1988 Seoul Games.
South-east Asia's brightest hopes
Swimmer Joseph Schooling is Singapore's brightest hope for a podium finish at Rio 2016. ST's correspondents Melissa Sim and Jeremy Au Yong recently interviewed him in Texas, US where he lives and trains. They discovered a mature and collected athlete, a stark contrast to the young upstart of four years ago who was eager to tip the scales. Read the full story here.
Pandelela Rinong was the first Malaysian athlete to win a medal for her country outside of Badminton, and the diving star is well on her way to making it to an Olympic podium finish at Rio 2016. ST's Malaysia correspondent Trinna Leong recently sat down with her to uncover the struggles, achievements and goals that are taking her to Rio.
The Vietnamese shooter was 0.1 points away from a bronze medal at the London Games in 2012. It's this kind of failure that drives Vietnam's brightest hope towards a podium finish at Rio 2016, and ST's sports correspondent sits down with the world-class shooter to find out more. Read the full story here.
Hidilyn Diaz finished London 2012 with three disappointing letters - DNF, or did not finish. Her story of disappointment is driving her towards an Olympic podium finish at Rio 2016, but the road has not been easy. ST's Philippines correspondent Raul Dancel recently visited the champion weightlifter - read her full story here.
The Indonesian jumper is the country's only athletics representative for Rio 2016 and she is their brightest hope for an Olympic medal finish. ST's Indonesia correspondent Arlina Arshad met with the champion while she trained on a Bali beach. Read the full story here.
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Schooling dominated the 100m fly finals right from the start, and delivered a stunning last 25m. This is how he won Singapore’s first gold, broke the Olympic record, and the pre-super suit world record at Rio 2016.
South-east Asia's athletes failed to bring home gold from the London 2012 games. Meet the star athletes who have endured years of gruelling training and strict diets for a hopeful podium finish at Rio 2016 - and who carry an entire region's dreams for gold on their shoulders.
Get quirky facts about each sport to impress your friends and family - and other information you might want to know about the events at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Get to know the heroic athletes who are representing Singapore in Rio 2016 with this interactive. You can even find out what their favourite hawker dish, superhero or powersong is!
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Athletics: Kenya bans Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong for four years after positive drug test
NAIROBI (REUTERS) - Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been handed a four-year ban by Kenya's anti-doping agency (ADAK) after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), officials said on Tuesday (Nov 7).