Tan Eng Bock (1936-2020)

'Mr water polo' dies of stroke

Stalwart and ex-coach played at Olympics, won an Asiad and three Seap Games golds

Above: Tan Eng Bock chatting with members of the water polo team who were training for the 2018 Asian Games, where they finished sixth among nine teams. Below: The 1956 polo boys before Melbourne. Eng Liang is standing fourth from left and Eng Bock s
Tan Eng Bock chatting with members of the water polo team who were training for the 2018 Asian Games, where they finished sixth among nine teams.PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Above: Tan Eng Bock chatting with members of the water polo team who were training for the 2018 Asian Games, where they finished sixth among nine teams. Below: The 1956 polo boys before Melbourne. Eng Liang is standing fourth from left and Eng Bock s
The 1956 polo boys before Melbourne. Eng Liang is standing fourth from left and Eng Bock squatting fourth from right.PHOTO: ST FILE

Former national water polo captain and coach Tan Eng Bock died yesterday morning after suffering a stroke. He was 84.

Along with his brothers Eng Chai and Eng Liang, who were also part of the national team, he excelled in the sport. He captained the national team to their first South-east Asian Peninsular (Seap) Games title in 1965, starting a glorious undefeated run that ended only last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2020, with the headline ''Mr water polo' dies of stroke'. Print Edition | Subscribe