Singapore at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

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Singapore at the
2016 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Singapore.svg
NPCSingapore Disability Sports Council
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors13 in 6 sports
Flag bearer Yip Pin Xiu
Ranked 46th
Summer Paralympics appearances

Singapore competed at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016.

13 Singaporeans were sent to compete in six sports: archery, athletics, boccia, equestrian, sailing, and swimming.[1]

Disability classifications[edit]

Every participant at the Paralympics has their disability grouped into one of five disability categories; amputation, the condition may be congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes, there is often overlap between this and other categories; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis.[2][3] Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing. Some sports, such as athletics, divide athletes by both the category and severity of their disabilities, other sports, for example swimming, group competitors from different categories together, the only separation being based on the severity of the disability.[4]


Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Yip Pin Xiu Swimming Women's 100 metre backstroke S2 9 September
 Gold Women’s 50m backstroke S2 16 September
 Bronze Theresa Goh Rui Si Swimming Women's 100m Breaststroke SB4 12 September


For the first time in history, Singapore has also qualified in the archery competition at a Paralympic Games. Nur Syahidah Binte Alim sealed gold in the women’s compound open and compound mixed open at the 8th ASEAN Para Games securing a historic spot for Singapore at Rio 2016.[5]

Singapore sent a single archer to the 2016 Summer Paralympics: Nur Syahidah Alim, competing in the women's individual compound open ranking.[6]


Singapore sent three athletes to the 2016 Summer Paralympics: Norsilawati Sa'at for the women's 100m and 400m T52;[6] Suhairi Suhani for the men's long jump T20;[6] and Muhammad Diroy Noordin for the men's javelin throw F41 and shot put F40.[6]


Two Singaporeans were sent to compete in boccia at the 2016 Summer Paralympics: Nurulasyiqah Taha, and Toh Sze Ning in the mixed pairs BC3.[6]


The country qualified to participate in the team event at the Rio Games.[7]

Three Singaporeans were sent to compete in equestrian at the 2016 Summer Paralympics: Maximillian Tan, Laurentia Tan and Gemma Foo.[6]


One pathway for qualifying for Rio involved having a boat have top seven finish at the 2015 Combined World Championships in a medal event where the country had nor already qualified through via the 2014 IFDS Sailing World Championships. Netherlands qualified for the 2016 Games under this criteria in the SKUD 18 event with a ninth-place finish overall and the third country who had not qualified via the 2014 Championships. The boat was crewed by Jovin Tan and Desiree Lim.[8][9][10]

Singapore sent two sailors to the 2016 Summer Paralympics: Jovin Tan and Yap Qian Yin, for the 2-person keelboat (SKUD18) races.[6]


Singapore sent two swimmers to the 2016 Summer Paralympics: Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh.[6]

On 10 September, Yip won a gold medal in the 100m backstroke, S2 finals with a world record of 2:07.09, with an additional world record for the 59.38 split for the first 50m of the race.[11] On 12 September, Goh won a bronze medal in the SB4 100m breaststroke final, with a time of 1:55.55.[12] While qualifying for the finals, she set a new Asian record in the heats at 1:54.50.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Singapore's 13 at the Paralympics". The New Paper.
  2. ^ "Paralympics categories explained". ABC. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Making sense of the categories". BBC Sport. 6 October 2000. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  4. ^ "A-Z of Paralympic classification". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Singapore, Belgium announce teams for Rio 2016". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paralympics: Team SG's competition schedule (Singapore times)". The Straits Times. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  7. ^ "EQUESTRIAN" (PDF). FEI. International Paralympic Committee. August 24, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Sailing Qualification" (PDF). International Paralympic Committee. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  9. ^ "SKUD 18". Royal Yacht Club Victoria. 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Ten countries guarantee their place in the Rio 2016 Paralympic sailing competition". Rio 2016 Official Website. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 29 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Yip Pin Xiu sets two world records in gold-medal swim at Paralympics". Today. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
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