Ang Peng Siong (Chinese:
洪秉祥; born October 27, 1962, in Singapore) is a swimmer from
Singapore, who once held the world no.1 ranking in the 50 m
taught to swim at the age of five by his father Ang Teck
Bee(Chinese: 洪德美), who competed in judo at the
1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
studied at Anderson Secondary
represented Singapore at the 1977 Southeast Asian Games in
Lumpur, where he was a silver medalist in the 4 x 100 m
major international competition was the Hawaii
International Invitational Swimming Championship, an event which
included many top swimmers from countries that boycotted the 1980
Olympic Games in Moscow.
During the meet, Ang delighted the swimming fraternity by being the
only non-American swimmer to qualify for the 50m freestyle final.
result of his performance in Hawaii, Ang received a full athletic
scholarship from the University of Houston in the United States.
At the US Swimming Championships in 1982, Ang won the 50 m
freestyle in 22.69 seconds, a world best time for that year.
represented Singapore at the 1982 Asian
Games in New
Delhi, and won gold in the 100 m freestyle.
was presented with the 'World's Fastest Swimmer' award for
In 1983, Ang won the 50-yard freestyle race at the NCAA
Swimming Championships. He was also the 50-yard champion at the US
Swimming Championships in 1982 and 1986, and was named an All-American
for four consecutive years from
1984 Olympics and after
represented Singapore at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where he was the winner of the 'B' consolation
final for the 100 m freestyle.
(He was not able to compete
in his pet event, the 50 m freestyle, as it did not become an
Olympic event until 1988.)
1986 World Swimming Championships in Madrid, Ang
finished fourth in the 50 m freestyle.
In eight appearances at the Southeast Asian Games
from 1977 to
1993, Ang won a total of 20 gold medals. He held the fastest time
by an Asian over 50 m freestyle until 1996. His time of 22.69
seconds remains a Southeast Asian record.
Since retiring from top-level competition, Ang has devoted himself
to coaching. He has worked with swimmers at all levels - from young
children just learning how to swim, to national champions preparing
to represent Singapore at top international competitions. He
founded the APS Swim School in Singapore.
At the 2000 World Masters Swimming Championships, Ang won the 35-39
age group 50m freestyle event.