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Singapore NOC recalls ‘Helsinki Girl’ Tang Pui Wah


01 Feb 2017
Singapore, February 1, 2017: As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Singapore National Olympic Council, the SNOC updated their Facebook cover page with a tribute to the pioneering Tang Pui Wah. Tang became the first female Singaporean Olympian when she competed at the 1952 Helsinki Games in the 100m and 80m hurdles, aged 19.

She went on to take the 80m hurdles bronze at the 1954 Asian Games. The “Helsinki Girl”, as she was dubbed, retired from competitive sport at the age of 22 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. “I decided that it was time to move on and do something different in my life,” she said.

“I love running, but I thought that I had already dedicated a full seven years of my life doing nothing but sports, and it was sufficient for me. “I put my heart and soul into it for those years, and at that point I wanted to explore different things.”

The Singapore NOC is celebrating 70 years in 2017 since its formation in 1947 and will feature trail-blazers and key figures in the Olympic movement throughout this special year.
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