Thursday, 2 August 2012
Feng Tianwei / 冯天薇
Born: 31 August 1986 Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Feng Tianwei is a Singaporean table tennis player, ranked sixth in the world as a singles player as of April 2011. Born in China, she began training in Singapore in March 2007 and commenced her international career in competitive table tennis the following month. She became a Singapore citizen in January 2008.
Feng represented Singapore for the first time in the Olympic Games at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. On 15 August, the Singapore team composed of Feng and her teammates Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu defeated South Korea 3–2 in the semifinals. The team lost to China in the final, but obtained the silver medal. This was Singapore's first Olympic medal in 48 years and its first as an independent nation. Feng won her first professional singles title at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Pro Tour Polish Open in Warsaw on 30 November 2008, in an all-Singapore final against Wang. In May 2010 the trio of Feng, Wang and Sun Beibei stunned the reigning champions China 3–1 in the Liebherr World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow, making Singapore world champions for the first time.
On 1 August 2012, Feng beat Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan 4–0, to win the women's singles bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.