Five big moments in Singapore sports

(From top left) Loh Kean Yew, Joseph Schooling, Yip Pin Xiu, and a group photo of Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei, Yu Mengyu and Feng Tianwei. PHOTOS: AFP, ST FILE, LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE, BERITA HARIAN FILE

Singaporean shuttler Loh Kean Yew smashed his way into the Republic's history books on Sunday (Dec 19) by clinching the men's singles title at the Badminton World Federation World Championships in Huelva, Spain.

This is Singapore's first gold medal at the world tournament, with the 24-year-old's achievement eclipsing Ronald Susilo's quarter-final run in 2007.

Here are Singapore's other big sporting moments.

2016: Joseph Schooling's Olympic gold medal in Rio

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Joseph Schooling made history with Singapore's first ever Olympic gold medal. The swimmer clocked 50.39s and broke an Olympic record in the 100m Men's Butterfly at Rio 2016. Back home, Singaporeans celebrated as he swam his way to victory.

Up against swimming heavyweights such as 23-time gold medallist Michael Phelps, Hungary's Laszlo Cseh and South Africa's Chad le Clos, Singapore's Joseph Schooling upset the form books with a blistering 50.39sec performance in the 100m butterfly to win the Republic's first gold medal at the Olympics.

Back home in Singapore, many followed the race live on their television sets and screens, erupting in cheers - and tears - as the sport's golden boy made history on the world's biggest sporting stage.

2010: Table tennis women's 'Miracle in Moscow'

(From left) Singapore paddlers Yu Mengyu, Sun Beibei, Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei returning from Moscow, on May 31, 2010. PHOTO: ST FILE

After their historic silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the women's team of Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei, Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu went into the 2010 World Team Table Tennis Championships final against China as underdogs, with the mighty Chinese gunning for a ninth straight title.

But the defending champions were stunned 3-1 by Singapore, with Feng playing a pivotal role in that feat, winning both her matches, including the decider against world No. 1 Liu Shiwen.

2008: Yip Pin Xiu's triumph at the Paralympic Games

Ms Yip Pin Xiu with her gold medal she won for the 50m backstroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

The para swimmer, who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease - a disorder that causes nerve damage, mostly in the arms and legs, was narrowly beaten to the gold in the 50m freestyle S3 in Beijing.

But with a silver in her pocket, Yip Pin Xiu bounced back in the 50m backstroke to shave two seconds off her own world record and win gold in 58.75sec - a first for Singapore at the Paralympic Games. For her achievements, she was conferred the Meritorious Service Medal by Singapore's former president, the late Mr S R Nathan.

1960: A huge lift from Tan Howe Liang

Mr Tan Howe Liang won the silver medal for lightweight weightlifting in the 1960 Rome Olympics. PHOTO: SSC

Undaunted by his ninth-place finish at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Tan Howe Liang showed great resolve four years later in Rome to put Singapore on the Olympic map by winning its first medal, in weightlifting's lightweight division.

Hours before the final round, he suffered acute cramps in his legs and was advised by doctors to withdraw. But Tan refused and fought through the pain, setting a new lightweight Olympic record in the clean and jerk and clinching a historic silver medal for his country.

1950: Wong Peng Soon crowned All-England champion

Badminton player Wong Peng Soon takes on his opponent at the finals of the Thomas Cup 1955. PHOTO: ST FILE

In 1950 in London, shuttler Wong Peng Soon defeated Denmark's Poul Holm in the final of the All-England Championships in a triumph for not just Singapore but also the entire continent, as he became the first Asian winner of one of badminton's oldest and most prestigious tournaments.

The badminton legend went on to win the title again in 1951, 1952 and 1955, with his last triumph even more remarkable as he was 37 at the time. He was also a member of the victorious Malayan Thomas Cup teams in 1949, 1952 and 1955.

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