Spotlight on sports stars in Singapore: swimming star Quah Zheng Wen, Lifestyle News

Swim-pressure.

In a nutshell, it’s Quah Zheng Wen – whether he’s setting new records in the pool or doing his best (swimming!) on dry land.

The 25-year-old is also no stranger to precious metals, winning a medal in each of the 12 events at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games (SEA) on home soil – including seven gold medals! – and breaking six Games records, including three for solo events.

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Character biography: Talk about a complete athlete – “A” for A-star athlete and “A” for “A student”. Zheng Wen’s IB Diploma Program score (43/45) earned him a place at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Instead, he chose to postpone his studies and later enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 before graduating in 2021.

Oh, and add two-time Olympian to Academic Excellence. In his Olympic debut in Rio 2016, he became the first male swimmer from Singapore to qualify for an Olympic semi-final. Sibei upz lah!

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And, in case you haven’t figured it out, athletic prowess runs (swimming?) in this family: Zheng Wen’s two sisters also represent Singapore in swimming. In fact, Ting Wen is another Olympian who also competed in Rio de Janeiro.

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Achievement unlocked: As one of two Singaporean male swimmers to qualify for two semi-final spots at the Olympics (the other, of course, being Joseph Schooling), Zheng Wen certainly entered the story.

The back specialist holds seven national records (including four individual) and had the honor of being Singapore’s flag bearer at the 2013 Asian Youth Games.

He was also named the most valuable male athlete at the 2019 SEA Games. Along with his zai medal tally, he won a hat-trick of individual gold medals at the recent SEA Games 2021 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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At the service of the nation: Defending our nation is equally important in defending sporting titles and flying our flag at sporting events. In an IG article, Zheng Wen reaffirmed the importance of national service, writing:

”Enlisting and serving national service has always been part of my plan. I am grateful to MINDEF and MCCY for the privilege of an earlier postponement, where I was able to train and prepare for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics as well as the other major competitions like the Asian Games and SEA Games.

”For the future, my plans remain the same – to continue to compete on the international stage and to fly the Singapore flag high. My most immediate goal is the Commonwealth 2022 as well as the next Asian Games and then the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.’

“I look forward to working with MINDEF, MCCY, SSA and the coaches and support teams to see how I can continue to pursue these plans and train at elite levels while performing my national service. I am always grateful for the opportunity to represent Singapore – whether enlisting or swimming.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this incredible journey, I couldn’t have done it without you. As I begin the next chapter of my life which is National Service (NS), I will do my best to keep flying our Singapore flag high! Lots of love, the grind continues. The best is yet to be, Go Bears.

In an Instagram post from @oursingaporearmy, Zheng Wen explained his personal growth during his BMT, “Through my experiences in BMT, I now know with more certainty what I am capable of and it makes me more confident. to keep running for the country, so that we can fly our flag high on the international stage.”

In a Facebook postalso by Our Singapore Army, Zheng Wen emphasized teamwork and camaraderie:

“I come from a college program where team support is crucial, so having that same sense of camaraderie was a big help and I’m proud that we finished what we started together…

“Although I want to devote all my efforts to training, I know that the NS is a duty that I must fulfill and that all men must go through. Excellence has been and always will be the goal!

Hormat!

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Higher level: Zheng Wen is currently competing alongside his younger sister, Jing Wen, at the ongoing FINA World Championships Budapest 2022. They will face the world champions. Gambatte brothers and sisters Quah!

As he fights his way to more medals, we follow this swimming star closely on his journey to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. Third time is a charm? We’re confident it will be – no pressure, bro.

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This article was first published in wonderwall.sg.

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