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Freida Lim in contention to become Singapore’s first female diver at the Olympics

While she has met qualifying criteria, her qualification is subject to Fina’s confirmation.

Jeevana Kalaithasan

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Published: 5 May 2021, 5:27 PM

Singaporean diver Freida Lim moved one step closer to qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games on Tuesday (May 4), after placing 11th out of 35 athletes in the women’s 10m platform preliminary at the Fina Diving World Cup. 

Her qualification is subject to the international swimming federation. According to Fina, a total of 68 spots for female divers are up for grabs – 32 in the synchronised events and 36 for the two individual events. Up to 18 athletes per event for each country that has not already secured two places could earn themselves a spot at the Olympic games. 

If her spot in the Games is confirmed in June, Freida, who was diagnosed with Grave’s disease at 13, will become Singapore’s first female diver at the Olympics. 


She also qualified for the 18-strong semi-finals of the event which are slated to be held on May 5. PHOTO CREDIT: SPORTS SINGAPORE/ SHAO JIE


Freida’s achievement was also celebrated by the Singapore National Olympic Council in an Instagram post, 

“Our heartiest congratulations to Freida Lim for meeting the qualifying criteria for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!” wrote SNOC. 

Competing in the Olympics will be the biggest achievement in Freida’s sporting career till date. 

She has won silver medals in the women’s synchronised 10m platform and a bronze in the women’s 10m platform at the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games medals, as well as the mixed synchronised 10m platform and mixed team events with Jonathan Chan, who has qualified for the Olympics in the men’s 10m platform event,  at the 2017 SEA Games. 

She is also the first Singaporean diver to compete in the top division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 

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