Desmond Koh

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Desmond Koh Mun Kit (born 19 May 1973) is a former competitive swimmer from Singapore and represented the nation in numerous international competitions over a period of more than 10 years including 5 years as Captain. He started his foray in banking in investment banking London in 1996 and is currently a director at Credit Suisse Private Bank. He is founder and investor to several businesses including of SPORTinc, Jacob and Cody, Gnomadic Publishing to name a few.

Desmond represented the Republic in three Olympics (1988, 1992, 1996), three Asian Games (1990, 1994, 1998), one Commonwealth Games (1998), one World Championships (1991) and five Southeast Asian Games (1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995). His younger brother, Gerald, also represented Singapore at the Olympics.[1] Although he is no longer representing the Republic, some of Koh's national swimming records are still unbroken.

He graduated from the University of Southern California with a (B.S. in (Electrical Engineering)) and was subsequently awarded a Rhodes Scholarship,[2][3] to study at Oxford where he obtained an MPhil in Management Studies (Finance and Economics).

National records[edit]

Koh broke four national records, including:

  • 200m Breaststroke - 2:21.87, 29 July 1992 (Current record: 2:21.06, 21 June 2007)
  • 400m Individual Medley - 4:28.95, 27 July 1992 ( Broken by QUAH Zheng Wen with a timing of 4:21.70 on 16 Mar 2012 43rd S'pore Nat Age Gp (Sr) Swimming

C'ships 2012 SINGAPORE )


  1. ^ "Marathon swim for charity", Straits Times, 12 Nov 2007
  2. ^ "Oxford Bound" USC News, 8 May 1995.
  3. ^ Yoki Chow, "Education and Sports - The Perfect Balance", British Council Singapore, URL last accessed 2006-12-07.

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