A 50-year flashback: Golden girl Jos stars in stellar SEA Games haul

A 50-year flashback: Golden girl Jos stars in stellar SEA Games haul
Joscelin Yeo with her SEA Games 95 medals
PHOTO: The Straits Times

Singapore's golden girl of swimming Joscelin Yeo was the undisputed star of the 17th South-east Asian (SEA) Games with her nine-gold haul.

Then 14, she became the most bemedalled athlete at the biennial sporting event.

She narrowly missed a perfect 10 gold from her 10 events after she only managed a silver in the 400m individual medley.

Over Yeo's 17-year competitive swimming career, she garnered a total of 40 gold medals at the SEA Games.

The 1993 Games, held here from June 12 to 20, yielded an unprecedented 50 golds, the Republic's biggest-ever haul at the time.

Singapore was represented in all 29 sporting events by a contingent of 461 athletes, and also bagged 40 silver and 74 bronze medals.

After a 22-year hiatus, the Games returned to the little red dot this year. In our best ever performance, Team Singapore won 259 medals: 84 gold, 73 silver and 102 bronze.


This article was first published on August 9, 2015.
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