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.

NG SER MIANG

The respected sports administrator was the first Singaporean to run for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidency, but lost to German Thomas Bach in the end.

THE THRILLS

LIONSXII'S MSL VICTORY

Against great odds, V Sundramoorthy led a youth-powered LionsXII to win the Malaysian Super League in July, Singapore's first triumph in the league since 1994.

The team even earned praise from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who presented them with the trophy and mentioned the success in his National Day Message.

BALESTIER KHALSA'S STARHUB LEAGUE CUP TRIUMPH

They finished last in the SLeague in 2008 and 2009, but turned it around last season to win their first piece of major silverware since the introduction of professional football here in 1996.

The Tigers (left), who finished fourth in the league, whipped Brunei DPMM 4-0 in the final.

ST ANDREW'S A DIVISION RUGBY WIN

St Andrew's Junior College ended a seven-year drought when they beat Raffles Institution 10-3 in the A division rugby final to claim the title in May.

What made the victory sweeter was that the Saints beat defending champions Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in the semi-finals.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL'S THREE-PEAT AT THE MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT

The Red Bull Racing driver became the most successful driver in the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, cantering to his third successive win in September.

The German won the 2013 drivers' championship after nine successive wins - including Singapore - and became the youngest fourtime world champion.

IN REMEMBRANCE

ADRIAN DHANARAJ

The former Gombak United midfielder, twice capped for the Lions, lost his battle against Hodgkin's Lymphoma in September.

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