Calvin Kang Li Loong

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Calvin Kang Li Loong
Calvin Kang Photo.png
Personal information
NationalitySingaporean
Born (1990-04-16) 16 April 1990 (age 28)
Singapore
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)

Calvin Kang Li Loong (Chinese: 江利龙; pinyin: Jiāng Lì Lóng); (born 16 April 1990) is a track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for Singapore.[1] He specialises in the 100m sprint, but also runs the 200m and 4 × 100 m events.

Personal life[edit]

Kang attended Victoria School and Singapore Sports School.[2] Upon graduation from Singapore Sports School, Kang entered Nanyang Technological University to pursue his undergraduate degree in sport science and management in 2011 before deciding to defer his studies to train professionally in 2013.[3]

Career[edit]

He represented Singapore at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the 100m sprint and placed 6th in his heat without advancing to the second round. He ran a time of 10.73 seconds, 0.2 seconds outside his national junior record time of 10.53 seconds.[1] Kang has represented Singapore at four major competitions – Southeast Asian Games (Nakhon Ratchasima, 2007), Summer Olympic Games (Beijing, 2008), Commonwealth Games (Delhi, 2010) and Asian Games (Guangzhou, 2010), making him the only Singaporean athlete to do so before the age of 20.[4]

In the 2011 Southeast Asian Games held in Indonesia, Kang ran in the 4 × 100 m relay with his teammates and achieved the silver medal with a timing of 39.91 seconds.[5]

In August 2013, Kang was the sole representative of Singapore in the IAAF World Championships 2013 held in Moscow. Clocking a time of 10.52 seconds in the men's 100m event, Kang finished first in heat 4 of the preliminaries and equalled his personal best.[6] He later ran a time of 10.66 seconds in his heat.[7]

In the 2015 Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore, Kang and his team, consisting of Muhammad Amirudin, Lee Cheng Wei and Gary Yeo, set a new national record of 39.24 seconds for the 4 × 100 m relay, beating the previous record of 39.45 seconds.[8][9] The timing earned them a silver medal, narrowly losing the gold medal to the Thai team. Kang also ran a personal best 100m timing of 10.47 seconds, but missed out on a podium placing as he came in 4th.[10]

Kang has had the backing of several notable sponsors such as MILO (under Nestle Singapore) from 2008 to 2014 and 100PLUS in 2015 to present. He has been featured prominently in their campaigns, and was affectionately known as the "MILO boy"[11] for the duration of his MILO sponsorship.

Besides excelling at athletics, Kang has ventured into several entrepreneurship undertakings, such as the director of community partnerships[12] in Shiok SG, a local social enterprise, and the lead trainer[13] at The Impressionist, an agency that specialises in imparting interview skills.

References[edit]

Calvin Kang Li Loong at IAAF [14]

  1. ^ a b Athlete biography: Calvin Kang, beijing2008.cn, ret: Aug 26, 2008
  2. ^ Next sprint king in the making
  3. ^ Calvin Kang puts NTU education on hold to pursue athletics full time
  4. ^ 2012 Singapore National Games
  5. ^ SEA Games Athletics: Singapore exceed six-medal target with 2 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes
  6. ^ Kang equals personal best, advances to 100m heats at IAAF World Championships
  7. ^ Sprinter Kang fails to advance at world championships
  8. ^ "SEA Games athletics: Singapore surge to men's 4x100m silver in new national record". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  9. ^ "SEA Games Athletics (4x100m relay): Two national records fall; men settle for silver". RED SPORTS. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  10. ^ "SEA Games 100m (Men): Calvin Kang sets new personal best but misses medal by 0.02s". RED SPORTS. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  11. ^ ""Training develops discipline, it hones your character and it indeed shapes your destiny" – sprinter Calvin Kang". RED SPORTS. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  12. ^ "The Shiok Collective | Shiok!". Shiok!. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  13. ^ "Our Team". Impressionist. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  14. ^ Chew, Pris. "National Sprinter Calvin Kang: Going for Gold at the SEA Games". PrisChew.com. PrisChew.com. Retrieved 15 May 2015.

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