Neo Chwee Kok

Neo Chwee Kok, John Paul (Chinese: 梁水国; pinyin: Liáng Shuǐguó; 31 May 1931 – 23 January 1987) was a Singaporean swimmer who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics. He was ranked third in a list of Singapore's 50 Greatest Athletes of the Century by The Straits Times in 1999.[3]

Neo Chwee Kok
Personal information
Full nameNeo Chwee Kok, John Paul[1]
Nickname(s)Flying Fish
Nationality Singapore
Born(1931-05-31)31 May 1931[2]
Died23 January 1987(1987-01-23) (aged 55)[1]

Neo was born the fifth child in a family of eight in Singapore but grew up on Pulau Sambu, Riau, Indonesia.[2]

On 23 January 1987, Neo died of cancer at the age of 55.[4][5]


  1. "Obituary - Mr Neo Chwee Kok, John Paul". The Straits Times. 24 January 1987. p. 30.
  2. Aplin, Nick; et al. (2012). Suryadinata, Leo (ed.). Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 759–762.
  3. "Here's the full list". The Straits Times. 19 December 1999. p. 52.
  4. Johnson, Albert (24 January 1987). "Flying Fish' Chwee Kok dies". The Straits Times. p. 31.
  5. Jalleh Jr, Ken (1 February 1987). "Death ends an illustrious era, but Chwee Kok's legacy lives on". The Straits Times. p. 19.

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