Saiyidah Aisyah and Stephenie Chen Secure Singapore's Olympic Spots in Rowing and Kayaking

Singaporean athletes Saiyidah Aisyah and Stephenie Chen earn Olympic quota spots for 2024 Paris Games in rowing and kayaking, showcasing Singapore's growing sports prowess.

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Saiyidah Aisyah and Stephenie Chen Secure Singapore's Olympic Spots in Rowing and Kayaking

Saiyidah Aisyah and Stephenie Chen Secure Singapore's Olympic Spots in Rowing and Kayaking

Singaporean athletes Saiyidah Aisyah and Stephenie Chen have earned Olympic quota spots for the 2024 Paris Games in rowing and kayaking respectively.

Aisyah, who previously competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, secured her spot by finishing fifth in the women's 2,000m lightweight single sculls event at the Asian and Oceania Continental Qualification Regatta in Chungju, South Korea on April 21, 2024.

The 36-year-old rower initially finished sixth in the A final, missing out on a top-five finish needed to qualify. However, she was later bumped up to fifth place after the second-place finisher from Japan was not awarded a quota spot. Aisyah made history in 2016 by becoming the first Singaporean rower to qualify for the Olympics. She finished 23rd at the Rio Games and has won several SEA Games medals, including Singapore's first individual rowing gold in 2013.

Stephenie Chen also earned Singapore a spot in the kayaking event at the Paris Olympics. The Singaporean kayaker finished third in the women's K1 500m final at the ACC Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe Asian Championships, which served as the Asian qualifier for the Games.

Why this matters: Saiyidah and Stephenie's achievements mark a significant milestone for Singapore in rowing and kayaking. Their Olympic qualifications not only showcase their individual talents but also highlight the growing strength and potential of Singapore's athletes in these sports on the international stage.

Saiyidah and Stephenie join a growing list of Singaporean athletes who have qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Other qualifiers include sprinter Shanti Pereira, fencer Amita Berthier, kitefoiler Max Maeder, and swimmers Quah Ting Wen, Quah Jing Wen, Letitia Sim, and Levenia Sim. National kayaker Lucas Teo, however, missed out on the two available quota spots at the Asian canoe sprint Olympic qualifiers.

Saiyidah, who took a break from competition in 2017, decided to make a push for the 2024 Olympics and moved to Sydney for training. "It's really amazing. I'm so relieved I managed to qualify," Saiyidah said after her qualification. The Singaporean athletes' success in securing Olympic spots across various sports bodes well for the nation's hopes and aspirations at the upcoming Paris Games.

Key Takeaways

  • Singaporean rower Saiyidah Aisyah has qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
  • Singaporean kayaker Stephenie Chen earns Olympic quota spot in kayaking.
  • Saiyidah and Stephenie's achievements mark a milestone for Singapore in rowing and kayaking.
  • Other Singaporean athletes who have qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics include sprinters, fencers, and swimmers.
  • Saiyidah's qualification comes after a break from competition and training in Sydney.