Tan Howe Liang (simplified Chinese: 陈浩亮; pinyin: Chén Hàoliàng; born 1933 in Shantou, China) is a weightlifter from Singapore who earned himself a place in history as the first and only Singaporean to win an Olympic Games medal, which he did in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome where he won the silver medal in the lightweight category. Tan also broke oldest-standing world record in the lightweight category in the clean and jerk in 1958.
Life after the Olympics
After his win at the Olympics, Tan tried to run a restaurant business but was unsuccessful. He worked as a taxi driver for a short stint, before becoming a weight-lifting coach in 1974. After his retirement from competition, Tan was hired as a gym supervisor by the Singapore Sports Council at the Kallang Family ClubFitt in November 1982.
Up until 1999, Tan continued to cycle to work daily, six days a week. He lives in a three-room Housing Development Board flat on Jalan Batu in Tanjong Rhu with his wife and daughter.
Tan is a humble man who never complained. Compared to the present day where Singapore athletes are promised a reward of S$1 million for winning a gold medal and $750,000 for a sliver at the Olympics, Tan did not receive any monetary rewards for his effort in 1960.
So let us not forget the man who did us proud way back in 1960.