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Toh Wei Soong embodies the hunger and drive of a championship athlete.
The 23-year-old Paralympic swimmer caused a stir on the world stage last year at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games when he set a new national record for the men’s S7 50m butterfly twice a day – the first time during the qualifiers in the morning ; then lowering that mark later in the day in the final with a time of 29.50 seconds, slashing the previous record by two seconds.
He then broke his own national record in the men’s S7 50m freestyle final with a time of 28.65 seconds to finish 7th. What. A. Stud!
Earlier this month, the Singaporean swimming star made headlines again by winning the silver medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. It’s clear that Wei Soong is never content to rest on his laurels.
Character Biography: The Para swimmer’s tenacity of spirit can be attributed to the challenges he faced as a child. At the age of two, Wei Soong was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a chronic disease that limits the use of the legs. There is no known cure for transverse myelitis.
Although he was no longer able to run and play like he used to, Wei Soong was undeterred and dipped his toes into the competitive world of swimming at the age of 13. The rest, as they say, is history.
In the decade since, he has won an impressive array of medals – including a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and two gold medals at the 2018 Asian Paralympic Games, before his final conquests on the world stage. .
Achievement unlocked: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games marked Wei Soong’s official release party – and what a glorious it was,
After his epic performance, the then rookie commented on the race: “[The Men’s 50m Butterfly S7] is a really fun race to swim when you know what you’re doing. The race tonight, you know – I went out, I had fun, I tried my best.”
When he did better to step onto the podium with silver in the men’s S7 50m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games, Wei Soong said in an interview with The Straits time that he wasn’t disappointed or unhappy, but acknowledged it wasn’t as fast as he knew it could be, adding, “I can be a lot faster.”
Wei Soong’s fierce hunger to reach the potential he knows lies within is palpable to say the least!
At the 2022 Singapore Disability Sports Awards held on July 6, Wei Soong and fellow para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu were named Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, respectively.
Next level: Wei Soong has his sights set on the next Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024.
Fresh out of his Commonwealth Games exploits, he writes in a Instagram postt: “At this time, I would like to thank everyone who has watched and supported me in my pursuit of this path to the medal in Paris 2024. This silver medal is a stepping stone towards this higher goal, but it is nice to run again at a CG.”
We want the young star to do the country proud on the world stage next year. All the best, champ!