SPORTING HEROES > HALL OF FAME > NG LIANG CHIANG
Ng Liang Chiang (1921 – 1992) won a gold medal for 110m hurdles at the 1 st Asian Games in New Delhi , India in 1951 and became the first and only athlete in Singapore to do so in the Asian Games series.
Prior to that momentous occasion, he had won gold medals for the 100m and 400m hurdles at the 7 th Annual Chinese National Athletic Meet in Shanghai , breaking the All-China records. He was then selected to represent Nationalist China at the Olympics the same year. He could not represent Singapore as the Singapore Amateur Athletic Association was not yet affiliated to the International Olympic Committee.
Ng discovered at the heats that the winner's time was better than his best time even though the latter was running at half speed. He was very discouraged and decided to hang up his spikes.
In 1950, Liang Chiang made a comeback with the encouragement of his friends. He qualified easily for the 400m and represented Singapore at the British Empire Games in Christchurch. Although unplaced, his self-confidence was restored. This led to his gold medal performance at the inaugural Asian Games. In the years that followed, Ng continued to participate and win medals in several regional and local athletics competitions.
Liang Chiang decided to retire from competitive hurdling when he was 32 and kept base with athletics through coaching. It was a great joy for him to watch his trainee, Heather Merican, receive her two gold medals at the 7th SEAP Games (1973) held in Singapore.
He continued to coach until lung cancer claimed his life in 1992. He was 71.