Gold, glory and a hero lost

Gold, glory and a hero lost

SINGAPORE - 2014 is going to be an exciting year, with the opening of the Singapore Sports Hub and the arrival of the WTA Championships, among others.

But on the last day of 2013, let's look back on some of the more wonderful moments in Singapore sport from the past 12 months.

THE RISING STARS

DARREN LIM

He was 0.04 seconds from equalling Ang Peng Siong's national 50m free record - the oldest national swimming record here - in June.

The 15-year-old could not repeat that feat at the SEA Games, where he finished fifth in the event, but is tipped to shine at the 2015 Games.

SHANTI PEREIRA

She clocked 11.89sec to rewrite the national women's 100m record last July, and then equalled the 200m mark with a 24.54sec effort.

Shanti rewrote the latter with 24.12sec in Myanmar, although she finished fourth.

JARRYL CHAN AND SASI KALA TAMANG

The winners of The New Paper School Sports Star Awards were pivotal in their school's sporting triumphs.

Jarryl inspired Victoria Junior College to both the A Division hockey and floorball titles, while Sasi (right) skippered Bowen Secondary School to the C and B Division titles in the last two years.

HAZIM FAIZ

The TNP-Dollah Kassim Award winner banged in 27 goals for the NFA Reds in the Prime League last season, almost half of the 60 the Football Association of Singapore's developmental team scored en route to finishing third in the competition

THE TRAILBLAZERS

JOSEPH SCHOOLING

The first to be granted a lengthy deferment from fulltime National Service to pursue his Olympic ambitions, Schooling lived up to expectations at the Southeast Asia (SEA) Games in Myanmar earlier this month, winning five golds and a silver.

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