Olympics $

28 08 2008

Olympic is a making-money event.. this is for sure..

With Singapore giving out S$1million cash prize for an individual golds, I also like the way Malaysia rewards theirs…  Conferred the title of Datuk and having monthly lifetime pension…

Nice …

Olympics $

When it comes to rewarding its athletes, Singapore’s $1m cash prize for an individual gold tops the table

By Wang Meng Meng  

It is the ka-ching Olympics.

At the top of the table, where financial rewards are concerned, is Singapore.

To end its 48-year Olympic medal drought, the Republic dangled huge carrots to its athletes, including a $1 million cash prize for an individual gold.

When paddlers Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Li Jiawei smashed their way to the team silver, the trio were handsomely rewarded with $750,000.

The money is expected to be shared with coaches and a portion given to the Singapore Table Tennis Association.

The reward easily eclipses the $463,000 offered by the Philippines or the $128,000 the Malaysian government showered on shuttler Lee Chong Wei, who took home a silver.

Victorious Greeks will not only have 190,000 euros ($397,000) waiting for them in the bank, there is also the promise of a civil service job and big, fat endorsement contracts.

To be sure, there is a correlation between the size of the monetary perks and a country’s history of sporting excellence.

Singapore has not tasted Olympic glory since weightlifter Tan Howe Liang hoisted his way to a silver in Rome back in 1960.

Malaysia has waited since 1996 for another medal before Lee grabbed the silver in the men’s badminton singles competition.

Such is the country’s elation that the 26-year-old will be conferred the title of Datuk by the Penang government. He will also enjoy a RM3,000 (S$1,267) monthly lifetime pension.

Unfortunately for the Philippines, the whopping incentives offered failed to end its 12-year hoodoo.

At the other end of the spectrum is the United States.

A gold is worth US$25,995 (S$36,700) to Uncle Sam. That means swimmer Michael Phelps, with eight golds dangling from his neck, will cash in US$207,960.

Other powerhouses offering less attractive packages are Australia and Germany (both 12,500 euros or S$26,100).

Bucking the trend is China, which is going all out to topple the US in the medals chart. It hands out 150,000 euros for a gold.

Automobiles are another form of reward.

Take Lithuania and Thailand, for example.

The former Soviet republic has put a 64,500 euros bounty on a golden gong and will throw in a BMW as a sweetener.

When weightlifter Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon had her way in the 53kg women’s class, she was guaranteed 16 million baht (S$664,000) in cash and a Toyota pick-up truck.

meng@sph.com.sg

Source:StraitsTime





China, the number 1

24 08 2008

Impressive performances by all the sportsmen and sportswomen from all over the world, especially China – total of 51 Gold medals, 21 Silver medals and 28 Bronze medals.. – China ranks no. 1 if you are looking at the Gold medals only!!  A very impressive high number of Gold (Record!!) taken by any countries in past Olympic years… For highest total number of medals obtained, USA ranks 1st with a total of 110 medals (36 Gold, 38 Silver and 36 Bronze).

In this Beijing Olympic 2008, we witnessed more than 40 new World Records are set and more than 120 new Olympic Records are made here this year… Impressive indeed!! Michael Phelps, the Olympic 2008 hero, has mesmerized the world with his fantastic swimming performances with 8 Gold Medal (in 400m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly, 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 4x200m Freestyle Relay and 4x100m Medley Relay), and 7 records!! *Double WOW*

Singapore is still with one Silver medal in the Women’s Table Tennis Team…. nevertheless we still have a placing in the Overall Medal/Ranking Standing … Rank 69/71!! =)

Ok! Though I feel that these 3 weeks have passed-by fast, and I am still longing for more Olympics games-watching… Ohh well… all good things still have to come to an end, right?? With Closing ceremony of Beijing Olympic 2008 (Oh I saw Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Emil Chau, Karen Mok, Joey, Sun Nan performing at the last segment) is over, bye bye Beijing Olympic 2008, next stop is London Olympic 2012!! Cya!! =0)

Rank NOC Name Men Women Open/Mixed Total Rank by Total
G S B T G S B T G S B T G S B T
1 ChinaCHN – China 24 10 8 42 27 11 19 57     1 1 51 21 28 100 2
2 United StatesUSA – United States 20 13 20 53 15 23 15 53 1 2 1 4 36 38 36 110 1
3 Russian Fed.RUS – Russian Fed. 12 8 20 40 11 13 8 32         23 21 28 72 3
4 Great BritainGBR – Great Britain 11 8 7 26 7 5 6 18 1   2 3 19 13 15 47 4
5 GermanyGER – Germany 7 7 6 20 6 2 7 15 3 1 2 6 16 10 15 41 6
6 AustraliaAUS – Australia 6 6 9 21 8 7 8 23   2   2 14 15 17 46 5
7 KoreaKOR – Korea 8 6 4 18 4 4 4 12 1     1 13 10 8 31 8
8 JapanJPN – Japan 4 4 5 13 5 2 5 12         9 6 10 25 11
9 ItalyITA – Italy 4 7 6 17 4 3 4 11         8 10 10 28 9
10 FranceFRA – France 6 14 12 32 1 2 4 7     1 1 7 16 17 40 7
11 UkraineUKR – Ukraine 4 3 8 15 3 2 7 12         7 5 15 27 10
12 NetherlandsNED – Netherlands 1   2 3 5 4 2 11 1 1   2 7 5 4 16 16
13 JamaicaJAM – Jamaica 3     3 3 3 2 8         6 3 2 11 20
14 SpainESP – Spain 4 6 2 12   3 1 4 1 1   2 5 10 3 18 =14
15 KenyaKEN – Kenya 3 2 4 9 2 3   5         5 5 4 14 18
16 BelarusBLR – Belarus 3 3 5 11 1 2 5 8         4 5 10 19 13
17 RomaniaROU – Romania     1 1 4 1 2 7         4 1 3 8 =25
18 EthiopiaETH – Ethiopia 2 1 1 4 2   1 3         4 1 2 7 =27
19 CanadaCAN – Canada 1 5 3 9 1 3 3 7 1 1   2 3 9 6 18 =14
20 PolandPOL – Poland 3 4   7   2 1 3         3 6 1 10 =21
21 HungaryHUN – Hungary 2 4 1 7 1 1 1 3         3 5 2 10 =21
21 NorwayNOR – Norway 2 3   5 1 2 1 4     1 1 3 5 2 10 =21
23 BrazilBRA – Brazil 1 3 5 9 2 1 3 6         3 4 8 15 17
24 Czech RepublicCZE – Czech Republic 1 2   3 2 1   3         3 3   6 =30
25 SlovakiaSVK – Slovakia 2 1 1 4 1 1   2         3 2 1 6 =30
26 New ZealandNZL – New Zealand 1 1 5 7 2     2         3 1 5 9 24
27 GeorgiaGEO – Georgia 3   2 5     1 1         3   3 6 =30
28 CubaCUB – Cuba 2 5 8 15   6 3 9         2 11 11 24 12
29 KazakhstanKAZ – Kazakhstan 2 2 5 9   2 2 4         2 4 7 13 19
30 DenmarkDEN – Denmark 1 2 1 4     1 1 1   1 2 2 2 3 7 =27
31 MongoliaMGL – Mongolia 2 1   3   1   1         2 2   4 =44
31 ThailandTHA – Thailand 1 1   2 1 1   2         2 2   4 =44
33 DPR KoreaPRK – DPR Korea     1 1 2 1 2 5         2 1 3 6 =30
34 ArgentinaARG – Argentina 2   1 3     2 2     1 1 2   4 6 =30
34 SwitzerlandSUI – Switzerland 2   3 5     1 1         2   4 6 =30
36 MexicoMEX – Mexico 1     1 1   1 2         2   1 3 =51
37 TurkeyTUR – Turkey 1   3 4   4   4         1 4 3 8 =25
38 ZimbabweZIM – Zimbabwe         1 3   4         1 3   4 =44
39 AzerbaijanAZE – Azerbaijan 1 2 3 6     1 1         1 2 4 7 =27
40 UzbekistanUZB – Uzbekistan 1 2 2 5     1 1         1 2 3 6 =30
41 SloveniaSLO – Slovenia 1 1 1 3   1 1 2         1 2 2 5 =38
42 BulgariaBUL – Bulgaria     3 3 1 1   2         1 1 3 5 =38
42 IndonesiaINA – Indonesia 1   2 3     1 1   1   1 1 1 3 5 =38
44 FinlandFIN – Finland     2 2 1 1   2         1 1 2 4 =44
45 LatviaLAT – Latvia 1 1 1 3                 1 1 1 3 =51
46 BelgiumBEL – Belgium         1 1   2         1 1   2 =57
46 Dominican Rep.DOM – Dominican Rep. 1 1   2                 1 1   2 =57
46 EstoniaEST – Estonia 1 1   2                 1 1   2 =57
46 PortugalPOR – Portugal 1     1   1   1         1 1   2 =57
50 IndiaIND – India 1   2 3                 1   2 3 =51
51 IranIRI – Iran 1   1 2                 1   1 2 =57
52 BahrainBRN – Bahrain 1     1                 1     1 =69
52 CameroonCMR – Cameroon         1     1         1     1 =69
52 PanamaPAN – Panama 1     1                 1     1 =69
52 TunisiaTUN – Tunisia 1     1                 1     1 =69
56 SwedenSWE – Sweden   2 1 3   1   1   1   1   4 1 5 =38
57 CroatiaCRO – Croatia   1   1   1 3 4           2 3 5 =38
57 LithuaniaLTU – Lithuania   1 3 4   1   1           2 3 5 =38
59 GreeceGRE – Greece   2   2     2 2           2 2 4 =44
60 Trinidad/TobagoTRI – Trinidad/Tobago   2   2                   2   2 =57
61 NigeriaNGR – Nigeria   1 1 2     2 2           1 3 4 =44
62 AustriaAUT – Austria   1   1     2 2           1 2 3 =51
62 IrelandIRL – Ireland   1 2 3                   1 2 3 =51
62 SerbiaSRB – Serbia   1 2 3                   1 2 3 =51
65 AlgeriaALG – Algeria   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =57
65 BahamasBAH – Bahamas   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =57
65 ColombiaCOL – Colombia   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =57
65 KyrgyzstanKGZ – Kyrgyzstan   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =57
65 MoroccoMAR – Morocco   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =57
65 TajikistanTJK – Tajikistan   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =57
71 ChileCHI – Chile   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 EcuadorECU – Ecuador   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 IcelandISL – Iceland   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 MalaysiaMAS – Malaysia   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 South AfricaRSA – South Africa   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 SingaporeSIN – Singapore           1   1           1   1 =69
71 SudanSUD – Sudan   1   1                   1   1 =69
71 VietnamVIE – Vietnam   1   1                   1   1 =69
79 ArmeniaARM – Armenia     6 6                     6 6 =30
80 Chinese TaipeiTPE – Chinese Taipei     2 2     2 2             4 4 =44
81 AfghanistanAFG – Afghanistan     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 EgyptEGY – Egypt     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 IsraelISR – Israel     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 Rep. of MoldovaMDA – Rep. of Moldova     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 MauritiusMRI – Mauritius     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 TogoTOG – Togo     1 1                     1 1 =69
81 VenezuelaVEN – Venezuela             1 1             1 1 =69
Total: 165 165 202 532 127 128 141 396 10 10 10 30 302 303 353 958

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Olympic Ranking

18 08 2008

Thanx to Singapore’s Table Tennis Women’s Team for winning the Silver medal in the Beijing Olympic 2008 that makes Singapore into the ranking of the Olympic Medal Standing!! After 48 years!! yeah!! We are now (at this moment) rank 51 with one Silver medal!! =)

Never underestimate WOMEN’s power!! That is how China is winning the USA in the GOLD medals currently. At this moment, China has 35 gold medals under her belt while USA has 19. Out of 35 gold medals, 21 are from the Women!! *WooHooo*

Check out the Overall Medal Standing here

Rank NOC Name Men Women Open/Mixed Total Rank by Total
G S B T G S B T G S B T G S B T
1 ChinaCHN – China 14 6 3 23 21 7 9 37     1 1 35 13 13 61 2
2 United StatesUSA – United States 12 5 12 29 7 14 13 34   2   2 19 21 25 65 1
3 Great BritainGBR – Great Britain 5 3 4 12 5 3 2 10 1   2 3 11 6 8 25 =5
4 GermanyGER – Germany 3 4 2 9 3 2 4 9 3     3 9 6 6 21 8
5 AustraliaAUS – Australia 2 5 7 14 6 4 4 14   1   1 8 10 11 29 4
6 KoreaKOR – Korea 5 5 2 12 2 4 3 9 1     1 8 9 5 22 7
7 JapanJPN – Japan 4 3 3 10 4 2 4 10         8 5 7 20 9
8 Russian Fed.RUS – Russian Fed. 4 3 9 16 3 9 3 15         7 12 12 31 3
9 ItalyITA – Italy 2 5 3 10 4 1 3 8         6 6 6 18 10
10 UkraineUKR – Ukraine 3 1 3 7 2 2 3 7         5 3 6 14 11
11 FranceFRA – France 4 8 9 21   1 2 3     1 1 4 9 12 25 =5
12 RomaniaROU – Romania     1 1 4 1 2 7         4 1 3 8 =14
13 SpainESP – Spain 3 1 1 5   1   1         3 2 1 6 =18
14 SlovakiaSVK – Slovakia 2     2 1 1   2         3 1   4 =29
15 NetherlandsNED – Netherlands     2 2 2 3 2 7   1   1 2 4 4 10 =12
16 PolandPOL – Poland 2 3   5     1 1         2 3 1 6 =18
17 Czech RepublicCZE – Czech Republic 1 2   3 1 1   2         2 3   5 =21
18 JamaicaJAM – Jamaica 1     1 1 2   3         2 2   4 =29
19 CanadaCAN – Canada 1 1 2 4 1   2 3         2 1 4 7 17
20 DPR KoreaPRK – DPR Korea     1 1 2 1 2 5         2 1 3 6 =18
21 New ZealandNZL – New Zealand   1 2 3 2     2         2 1 2 5 =21
22 EthiopiaETH – Ethiopia 1 1   2 1     1         2 1   3 =35
23 SwitzerlandSUI – Switzerland 2   2 4     1 1         2   3 5 =21
24 GeorgiaGEO – Georgia 2     2     1 1         2   1 3 =35
25 CubaCUB – Cuba 1   2 3   3 2 5         1 3 4 8 =14
25 KazakhstanKAZ – Kazakhstan 1 1 2 4   2 2 4         1 3 4 8 =14
27 ZimbabweZIM – Zimbabwe         1 3   4         1 3   4 =29
28 AzerbaijanAZE – Azerbaijan 1 2 1 4     1 1         1 2 2 5 =21
29 NorwayNOR – Norway 1 2   3     1 1         1 2 1 4 =29
30 IndonesiaINA – Indonesia 1   2 3     1 1   1   1 1 1 3 5 =21
31 SloveniaSLO – Slovenia 1   1 2   1 1 2         1 1 2 4 =29
32 BulgariaBUL – Bulgaria     1 1 1 1   2         1 1 1 3 =35
32 FinlandFIN – Finland     1 1 1 1   2         1 1 1 3 =35
34 MongoliaMGL – Mongolia 1     1   1   1         1 1   2 =44
35 BrazilBRA – Brazil 1   3 4     1 1         1   4 5 =21
36 DenmarkDEN – Denmark 1   1 2     1 1     1 1 1   3 4 =29
37 CameroonCMR – Cameroon         1     1         1     1 =52
37 IndiaIND – India 1     1                 1     1 =52
37 ThailandTHA – Thailand         1     1         1     1 =52
37 TunisiaTUN – Tunisia 1     1                 1     1 =52
41 HungaryHUN – Hungary   4   4     1 1           4 1 5 =21
42 BelarusBLR – Belarus   2 3 5   1 4 5           3 7 10 =12
43 SwedenSWE – Sweden   2   2   1   1           3   3 =35
44 KenyaKEN – Kenya     1 1   2   2           2 1 3 =35
44 TurkeyTUR – Turkey     1 1   2   2           2 1 3 =35
46 AustriaAUT – Austria   1   1     2 2           1 2 3 =35
46 GreeceGRE – Greece   1   1     2 2           1 2 3 =35
48 AlgeriaALG – Algeria   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =44
48 ColombiaCOL – Colombia   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =44
48 CroatiaCRO – Croatia   1   1     1 1           1 1 2 =44
48 KyrgyzstanKGZ – Kyrgyzstan   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =44
48 SerbiaSRB – Serbia   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =44
48 UzbekistanUZB – Uzbekistan   1 1 2                   1 1 2 =44
54 ChileCHI – Chile   1   1                   1   1 =52
54 EcuadorECU – Ecuador   1   1                   1   1 =52
54 EstoniaEST – Estonia   1   1                   1   1 =52
54 MalaysiaMAS – Malaysia   1   1                   1   1 =52
54 SingaporeSIN – Singapore           1   1           1   1 =52
54 Trinidad/TobagoTRI – Trinidad/Tobago   1   1                   1   1 =52
54 VietnamVIE – Vietnam   1   1                   1   1 =52
61 ArmeniaARM – Armenia     5 5                     5 5 =21
62 Chinese TaipeiTPE – Chinese Taipei             2 2             2 2 =44
63 ArgentinaARG – Argentina             1 1             1 1 =52
63 EgyptEGY – Egypt     1 1                     1 1 =52
63 LithuaniaLTU – Lithuania     1 1                     1 1 =52
63 MexicoMEX – Mexico             1 1             1 1 =52
63 TajikistanTJK – Tajikistan     1 1                     1 1 =52
63 TogoTOG – Togo     1 1                     1 1 =52
Total: 84 84 99 267 77 78 87 242 5 5 5 15 166 167 191 524




Hooked to Olympic

17 08 2008

I dunno if it is age-issue (I am older so I’m more keen on the news around me), or this year Olympic is nearer to heart (Olympic 2008 in Beijing, China, Asia), or the live-telecast and Olympic TV coverage is more… channel 5 and Channel U…

I found myself hooked to TV …. looking forward to Olympic scenes/broadcast …..

I dun remember being so addicted 4years ago of Athen Olympic 2004… I prob dunno that Athen is a country that hold Olympic 2004!! Neither I was addicted to Sydney Olympic 2000…  What was I doing then?? I think studying in University…. hahaa

What is my fav sport(s) to watch? Somebody asked me…

Archery 
Athletics 
Badminton 
Baseball 
Basketball 
Beach Volleyball 
Boxing 
Canoe/Kayak Flatwater 
Canoe/Kayak Slalom 
Cycling BMX 
Cycling Mountain Bike 
Cycling Road 
Cycling Track

Diving
Equestrian 
Fencing 
Football 
Gymnastics Artistic 
Gymnastics Rhythmic 
Trampoline 
Handball 
Hockey 
Judo 
Modern Pentathlon 
Rowing 
Sailing

Shooting 
Softball 
Swimming 
Synchronized Swimming 
Table Tennis 
Taekwondo 
Tennis 
Triathlon 
Volleyball 
Water Polo 
Weightlifting 
Wrestling 

I enjoyed most that were shown/telecast in TV…  I did watched what comes on…. like Badminton, Atheletics, Basketball, Diving, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting..

I do enjoyed — weightlifting, Diving, Gymnastics =)

Perhaps there are some sports which I cannot understand or very fancy like cycling, boxing, wrestling, archery, sailing …

Will be looking forward to Synchronized swimming, Atheletics finals.. etc

From this Beijing Olympic 2008 viewing, I also educate myself with some of the great atheletes around (not all though!! hahaa) :

Swimming – Michael Phelps (USA) (amazing guy of age 23 only (June 30, 1985), winning 8 golds for this Beijing Olympic 2008 in the Water Cube, broken many records as well), Tao Li (Singapore), Stephanie Rice (Australia)

Diving – Guo Jing Jing (another amazing 27years-old athelete from China)

Badminton – Lin Dan (China), Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia),  Ronald Susilo (Singapore), Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia)

Table Tennis – Feng Tian Wei & Wang Yue Gu & Li Jiawei (Singapore), Wang Nan & Zhang Yining (China)

I guess there are more… cannot remember now.. will update more again next time =)





Good fight, Singapore!

17 08 2008

The Table Tennis Women’s Singapore Team have given a good fight to China’s team in the final, fighting for Gold (1st place) in Beijing Olympic 2008.

This game is so impt that the National Day Rally live-telecast by PM Lee Hsien Loong is postponed one day later to Monday, instead of tonight.

THE Prime Minister has changed the telecast timings for his National Day rally speech, so that Singaporeans can watch and support the finals of the women’s table tennis between the Republic’s and China’s teams, to be broadcast ‘live’ on Sunday evening.

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Malay and Chinese speeches will still be telecast ‘live’ on Sunday at 6.45 pm on MediaCorp channels.

However, the English speech telecast will be delayed to Monday at 8 pm, said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday.

The rally itself will proceed as normal at the University Cultural Centre.

Source

I was hopeful that Singapore may win the Gold medal. But I guess China team is just too strong…and I was wishful… coz China has won the Table Tennis Olympic game every time!!! The no. 1 player in the world, Zhang Yining, is just superb!!

S’pore gives as good as it gets

In Prize Ceremony, Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei and Li Jiawei (L-R)

CHINA won the gold medal in the women’s team table tennis final, after fighting off a strong challenge from Singapore to win the final 3-0 on Sunday evening.

The top-seeded hosts were led by Zhang Yining, the No. 1 player in the world. They picked apart second-seeded Singapore with near-flawless execution, dishing out shots to the edges and corners of the table.

It was China’s 17th gold medal at the Olympic table tennis competition since its national sport was introduced at the 1988 Seoul Games, Xinhua new agency reported.

The star-studded Chinese women pushed, chopped and smashed, proving too powerful for Singapore before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 4,000, though Zhang and veteran Wang Nan dropped a game.

Finishing second, Singapore won its first Olympic medal in 48 years since a silver by weightlifter Tan Howe Liang in 1960.

Wang, who is often slow in finding her rhythm, failed to take a lead but brushed aside Feng Tianwei 9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6. The team title was the fourth Olympic gold for Wang, the most decorated players in table tennis.

The battle between Zhang and Beijing-born Li Jia Wei of Singapore was full of long rallies across the table, with Zhang winning 9-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7.

The singles and doubles gold medalist in Athens then paired with world champion Guo Yue, quickly finishing off Li and Wang Yue Gu 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.

Both China and Singapore had steamrolled over all before them with stunning victories since the start of the Olympic team table tennis tournament, which take the place of the doubles. They did not meet each other until the final.

A near-capacity crowd at Peking University Gymnasium chanted ‘Go China’ throughout the evening. Chinese President Hu Jintao and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge watched from a VIP section.

Source

I have enjoyed the exciting game live-telecast in Channel U and Channel 5, followed by a prize-ceremony… Many years… since our Singapore flag is raised so high and proudly for a prize ceremony…. yes 48years of dream has come true!! A weightlifting silver in the 1960 Rome Olympics by Tan Howe Liang has stood as the city-state’s only Olympic medal. What amusing to read is his recent entry/interview saying it is time for Singapore to get an Olympic team, if not every 4 years, he need to answer the reporters’ qs as “what does he feel to be the only Olympic medalist for many decades…. hahaaa

Next to look forward to is the Table Tennis Women’s Single competitions, may Singapore has another achievement then! =) See Schedule here.

Congratulation Singapore team for the Silver medal!! Welcome S$750,000!! *WooHoooo*

Feng Tianwei (SIN) vs Wang Nan (CHN) 11-9, 3-11, 8-11, 6-11

Li Jiawei (SIN) vs Zhang Yining (CHN) 11-9, 3-11, 4-11, 7-11

Wang Yuegu/Li Jiawei (SIN) vs Yue Guo/Zhang Yining (CHN) 8-11, 5-11, 6-11

View more details on the results here.

4th and 5th game was not played, since China won 3 games against Singapore.

You can get read the live-blog-of-this-game here

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Singapore Athletes

16 08 2008

The list of the Singapore athletes competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Athletics
Calvin Kang Li Loong / 100m (M)
Zhang Guirong / Shot Putt (W)

Badminton
Ronald Susilo / Singles (M)
Xing Aiying / Singles (W)
Jiang Yanmei / Doubles (W)
Li Yujia / Doubles (W) + Mixed Doubles
Hendri Saputra / Mixed Doubles

Sailing
Koh Seng Leong / Laser Standard (M)
Lo Man Yi / Laser Radial (W)
Xu Yuan Zhen / 470 (M)
Terence Koh Seng Kiat / 470 (M)
Toh Liying / 470 (W)
Deborah Ong / 470 (W)

Shooting
Lee Wung Yew / Trap (M)

Swimming
Tay Zhirong Bryan / 200m Freestyle (M)
Tao Li / 100m + 200m Butterfly (W) + 100m Backstroke (W)
Quah Ting Wen / 100m Freestyle (W) + 400m Individual Medley (W)
Teo Wei-Min Nicolette / 100m + 200m Breaststroke (W)
Lim Shu-En Lynette / 200m + 400m + 800m Freestyle (W)

Table Tennis
Li Jiawei / Singles + Team (W)
Wang Yuegu / Singles + Team (W)
Feng Tianwei / Singles + Team (W)
Gao Ning / Singles + Team (M)
Yang Zi / Singles + Team (M)
Cai Xiaoli / Team (M)

Source: CruzTeng





You And Me 《我和你》

16 08 2008

Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Theme Song “You And Me” MV (Sarah Brightman and Liu Huan) Lyrics with Chinese Pinyin * 2008年北京第29屆奧林匹克運動會主題歌《我和你》MV (莎拉布萊曼、劉歡)

 

 

Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
Theme Song “You And Me”

2008年北京第29屆奧林匹克運動會主題歌《我和你》
主題歌作曲:陳其鋼,中文詞:陳其鋼,
英文詞譯配:陳其鋼、馬文、常石磊,
配器:陳其鋼、常石磊、王之一,
演唱者:莎拉布萊曼、劉歡。

Chinese singer Liu Huan and British singer Sarah Brightman jointly present the theme song of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Liu Huan, 45, is one of the most popular male pop singers in China, while Sarah Brightman, 48, is a world famous soprano who is also an actress, song writer and dancer.

The Theme Song “You And Me” Lyrics with Chinese Pinyin inside the brackets
主題歌《我和你》歌詞:

*我和你,心連心,同住地球村,
( wǒ hé nǐ
xīn lián xīntóng zhù dì qiú cūn)
為夢想,千里行,相會在北京。
( wéi mèng xiǎng
qiān lǐ xíngxiāng huì zài Běi jīng)
來吧!朋友,伸出你的手,
( lái ba
péng youshēn chū nǐ de shǒu)
我和你,心連心,永遠一家人。
( wǒ hé nǐ
xīn lián xīnyǒng yuǎn yī jiā rén)

You and me
From one world
We are family
Travel dream
A thousand miles Meeting in Beijing
Come together
Put your hand in mine
You and me
From one world
We are family

來吧!朋友,伸出你的手,
( lái ba
péng youshēn chū nǐ de shǒu)
You and me
From one world
We are family

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Gold or Silver

15 08 2008

Today about 3pm++, our office started to be quite noisy…

So it turned out that some of us have been logging onto the Olympic website and following the online result for Table Tennis Women’s Team Semi-Final of Singapore team vs Korea team. This semi-final game started officially on 2.30pm today and there was also live-telecast of this game on Channel 5. Team Singapore also organized a “Live” screening of this game in Bishan Junction 8, Level 3, top of the 8. But too bad we need to work… or else we will be watching the live-telecast or the live-screening..

Anyway by abt 4pm, I also joined in and continue to monitor the game progress – A TV will be good at this moment. But we donot have … so we can only rely on seeing the livecast score. But only watching the scores was really not enough.. So I tuned into radio.. and found 2 channels – TVMobile 89.3FM and Capital 95.8FMwe need to hop on onto a bus!! hahaa =p

That is also where Li Jiawei has lost the 2nd game to Korea’s Kim Kyung Ah.. Korean team was indeed a strong team, giving Singapore a very tight fight. So the standing between Singapore vs Korean then was 1: 1 (we won the first game – Feng Tian Wei vs Korea’s Dang Ye Seo). So I followed the double game of Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu vs Korean’s Park Mi Young and Kim Kyung Ah. Was very happy with their good score – So we are back to Sg leading 2:1

4th game by Wang Yuegu vs Korean’s Dang Ye Seo — LOST! so we are back to 2:2

GOSH!!!! making my heart beat sooo fast!!

Last match game — by Feng Tian Wei vs Korean’s Park Mi Young. I was hopeful as Feng Tian Wei seemed to be in good form and has won the first game. And yes, she WON!! I was almost worried that her score will be like Li Jiawei’s single game — win 1 set, lose 1 set, win 1 set, lose 1 set — match set … and then lose the match pt … *broken glass*

Luckily my heart did not have to go thro such excitement… Feng Tian Wei won 1st 2 sets, though lost the 3rd set, she finally won the match set by 2 pts. So we need not go for 5th set.

Feng Tianwei saved the day

Feng_Tian_Wei

Feng_Tian_Wei

All/most credits should go to Feng Tian Wei as she won 2 games for Sg — she performed very well despite great pressure on her last game (the determining game). Congratulation to our Table Tennis Women’s team – Feng Tian Wei, Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Bei Bei for making into the finals. Now Singapore is assured of an Olympic medal (Gold/Silver) after 48years!!! *WooHHoooo* I am proud! =p

The Table Tennis Women’s Team Final will be this Sunday 17th Aug 2008, 7.30pm, live-telecast in Channel U. I am sure many will be at home or some ‘live screening locations” rooting for our Singapore team against China team.

But I got the feeling the China’s supporters’ loud rooting voice will dominate the whole stadium then… =p =(  I will look forward the day that Singapore team beating China team.. Can we??

S$1.5million or S$750,000???  

That is double bonus/rewards leh!! =)

 BTW, the Bronze fight between Korean team and Hongkong team will also be held on 17th Aug 2008, 2.30pm.. Hopefully there is some live-telecast as well then…

Table Tennis Women’s Team Semi-Final of Singapore team vs Korea team (15th Aug, 2.30pm, 3hrs 13 min games)

Feng Tianwei (SIN) vs Dang Ye Seo (KOR)- 11-5, 11-5, 11-2

Li Jiawei (SIN) vs Kim Kyung Ah (KOR) 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 9-11

Wang Yuegu/Li Jiawei (SIN) vs Park Mi Young/Kim Kyung Ah (KOR) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9

Wang Yuegu (SIN) vs Dang Ye Seo (KOR) 8-11, 12-14, 9-11

Feng Tianwei (SIN) vs Park Mi Young (KOR) 11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-9

Check out more details on the game results here.

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Lip Synch Saga of Olympic Opening

15 08 2008

I like this scene where the children get to perform at the beginning of the Beijing Olympic Ceremony 2002 on 08th Aug 2008.. This little girl singing the “Ode to the Motherland”, while other children dressed in China’s 56 tribes clothing carrying the China’s national flag – very heart warming

 

 

Later, then I realized lots of reports reporting that this little girl, Lin Miaoke, 9 years old,  who has such sweet face and sweet voice… is not the real singer… Behind this angelic voice, is a another younger little girl, Yang Peiyi, 7 years old, who was supposedly singing in the “Bird’s Nest”, but was replaced after the officials deemed her face was “not suitable” (not cute/not the kind of image China wants to portray) for the opening ceremony. So here comes the “Lip Synched” saga…

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olympic_real_and_

 

 

A little girl and her song captivated millions of viewers during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. But what they saw was not what they heard.

Games organizers confirm that Lin Miaoke, who performed “Ode to the Motherland” as China’s flag was paraded Friday into Beijing’s National Stadium, was not singing at all.

Lin was lip-syncing to the sound of another girl, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, who was heard but not seen, apparently because she was deemed not cute enough.

“The reason was for the national interest,” said Chen Qigang, the ceremony’s musical director, in a state radio interview. “The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression. … Lin Miaoke is excellent in those aspects.”

The decision was made at the highest levels, Chen said.

“We had to do it,” he said. “We’d been through several inspections. They’re all very strict. When we rehearsed at the spot, there were several spectators from various divisions, especially leaders from the Politburo, who gave the opinion it must change.”

 

 

I felt pity for Peiyi that such eventful glory should be rightful hers, yet was stolen from her because of her appearance..  In fact, I felt that she is also very cute..  And what kind of message is China sending out to the world??? With this incident, there is lots of people/media attacking China for being fake, doctrine… Coz there was another issue of the some fireworks was also being pre-recorded…

So there was lots of words-exchange in the internet..

Below is what I extracted from someone’s comment in youtube:

Superman is real.
Pamela Anderson’s boob is real.
Michael Jackson’s face is real.
Roswell alien is real.
Hilary dodging bullets in Bosnia is real.
American are not racist against African is real.
Even Santa clause is real.

BUT

Lewinsky gave Clinton a blowjob is fake.
Paris Hilton’s porn tape is fake.
Invasion on Iraq is fake.
Marion Jones took steroid is fake.

Yup surely America is perfect 🙂

Also see here, which is interesting…. Listen to this:

 

 

Ok everybody has every thing to say about China nowadays.. good and bad…

Like even dressing was criticized, like Liu Huan who was singing the Olympic Game Theme song “You and Me” 《我和你》with Sarah Brightman was criticized for wearing just a black Tshirt (undressed!) hahaaa  -_-“”

 

Oh btw side-track a bit, there is this joke on “YOU and MI”:

IRREVERENT websites, e-mail and text messages about the Games abound in China’s cyberspace. For example, the tender song You And Me at the opening of the Beijing Olympics is said to be about oil and food prices. “The Chinese name of the theme tune ‘You and Me’ is ‘You (oil 油) and Mi (rice 米)’, an expression of concern about this year’s oil and food problems,” runs an online joke.

– REUTERS

  

Oh well.. I guess the mouths grow on their face, so they are entitled to have their comments. Face the fact, you just cannot please everyone..

Of course little Peiyi, appeared on China Central Television, the state network, saying: “I’m okay with it. My voice was used in the performance. I think that’s enough.” No hard feelings for Yang Peiyi that the stand-in Lin Miaoke has stolen the thunder from her.

Well.. I guess she has to say that.. She is innocent.. she just want to contribute to her nation….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





08.08.2008

8 08 2008

What a great number and date…

Many things to happen on this day…

Wannaa blog with this date.. but alas.. come too late home.. so did some tweaking.. to enable me to post entries on this date.. dun want to miss this 08.08.2008 marking…

Let me see what happened on this century 08.08.2008 (8th August 2008):

  • Beijing Olympic 2008 Opening ceremony
  • Toto S$8million Draw
  • Cherie’s Hearts National Day Celebration 2008
  • Cherie’s Hearts Fun Fair (Food sales and Henna Art)
  • Meeting up with secondary classmates
  • Most importantly juskawaime has finished her Mass Comm (PR) exam and Japanese Semester test
  • Oh did I say we have durian feast just after my jap test on thursday 07.08.08?
beijing_olympic_2008_torch_relay

beijing_olympic_2008_torch_relay

Have seen the Beijing Olympic 2008 opening ceremony in Channel U when I was back midnight… from midnight to 4am? Quite impressive performances, i have seen on the tv, put up by China people. I would put this way…. Olympic is a good way to show the world… the China’s rich history, and China’s ability to do wonders and compete and function and catching up very very fast with modern technology… showing the world that China is not an outdated country….What others can do, China can do.. and do even better… But I think for the performances.. it is really ‘duo1 ren2 hao3 ban4 shi4′(direct translation is: with many people.. can do things better)

I really like the torch relay part… Impressive!!

former_gymnast_lining_lights_olympic_cauldron

former_gymnast_lining_lights_olympic_cauldron

Here is more of the Olympic:

 

If you didn’t get to watch the whole spectacular opening ceremony, fret not. My China colleague shared with me this link where you can download the whole clip of the Beijing Olympic 2008 Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) — Very clear image (I was told) .. But bear in mind that huge size needed – abt 5.2G So of course u need to have good and fast internet connection for successful download =)

To be updated again…

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