The biggest sporting event of the year, the Rio Olympics 2016, is fast approaching! From 5 August to 21 August, Malaysia will be represented by several amazing women we can all be proud of. Here’s your chance to get to know a bit about the ladies who will be killing it in Brazil:
#1 Tee Jing Yi (Badminton)
25 year-old Jing Yi will be competing in the Badminton Women’s Singles alongside the Malaysian contingent flagbearer, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei, who will be playing in the Men’s Singles. The Penangite made her professional debut in the badminton scene in 2005, and was included in the national team since 2009.
Winner – Vietnam International 2011.
#2 & #3 Vivian Hoo Kah Mun & Woon Khe Wei (Badminton)
This dynamite duo has shown undeniable chemistry in the court – they are currently ranked No. 13 in the world. Vivian and Khe Wei will be representing Malaysia in the Badminton Women’s Doubles category.
2 Gold – 2013 SEA Games, 2014 Commonwealth Games
1 Silver – 2010 Asian Championships
1 Bronze – 2014 Asian Games
#4 Goh Liu Ying (Badminton)
Qualified for Rio’s Badminton Mixed Doubles, Liu Ying will be heading to Rio with her regular partner, Chan Peng Soon. Both of them are currently ranked no. 10 in the world for mixed doubles. The 27-year-old has recently returned from an 11-month hiatus after a knee surgery.
3 Gold – 2009 SEA Games (women’s team), 2010 Asian Championships, 2010 Commonwealth Games
1 Silver – 2015 SEA Games
1 Bronze – 2009 SEA Games (mixed doubles)
#5 Fatehah Mustapa (Cycling)
Fatehah is a sprint cyclist from Terengganu. This will be her second time competing in the Olympics – she competed in the keirin race in London Olympics and was placed no. 15.
5 Gold – 2011 SEA Games, 2012 Asian Championships, 2013 Asian Championships
6 Silver – 2008 Asian Championships, 2012 Asian Championships, 2013 Asian Championships, 2014 Asian Games, 2015 Asian Championships
9 Bronze – 2007 SEA Games, 2009 and 2011-2014 Asian Championships
#6 Cheong Jun Hoong (Diving)
Jun Hoong will be competing in three categories: 3m springboard, 3m synchronised springboard, and 10m synchronised springboard. She will be partnering with Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Pandelala Rinong in the latter two. Like Fatehah, this is her second Olympic experience.
3 Gold – 2013 SEA Games, 2015 SEA Games
1 Silver – 2014 Asian Games 3 Bronze – 2012 Asian Swimming Championships, 2014 Asian Games
#7 Ng Yan Yee (Diving)
Yan Yee didn’t start her sports career as a diver, but as a rhythmic gymnast. It was the national coach who spotted her talent in diving, saying that her “physical build was good for diving”. With Jun Hoong, she will be participating in the 3m springboard category.
3 Gold – 2011, 2013, and 2015 SEA Games
5 Silver – 2010 and 2014 Asian Games, 2011, 2013, and 2015 SEA Games
1 Bronze – 2013 Grand Prix
#8 Pandelela Rinong (Diving)
Pandalela was crowned Malaysia’s beloved diving queen when when she broke the record in the London Olympics as Malaysia’s first female Olympic medalist. Not only that, she was also the first Malaysian to win a medal in another sport besides badminton in the Olympics. This year, she will be competing in the 10m platform and 10m synchronised platform categories.
1 Gold – 2010 Commonwealth
2 Silver – 2010 Youth Olympics 3 Bronze – 2009 and 2015 World Aquatics Championships, 2012 Olympics
#9 Nur Dhabitah Sabri (Diving)
Nur Dhabitah is one of the youngest members in the Malaysian Olympics team. The 17 year-old will be competing in the 10m platform and 3m synchronised springboard categories.
3 Gold – 2013 and 2015 SEA Games, 2015 Asian Diving Cup
1 Bronze – 2014 Commonwealth Games Winner – 2015 Asian Diving Cup
#10 Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif (Sailing)
Nur Shazrin made history when she qualified as Malaysia’s first female to compete in sailing at the Olympics. Hailing from Johor, the 17 year-old sailor spent a month preparing for the chance to qualify for the Olympics.
1 Gold – 2015 SEA Games
1 Silver – Asian Sailing Championships
#11 Heidi Gan (Swimming)
Distance swimmer Heidi was the first Malaysian to participate in the open water category in the Olympics. She is currently based in Perth, and will be in Rio with the rest of her fellow sportswomen in August to compete in the 10km open water category.
4 Gold – 2011 SEA Games, 2014 BHP Billiton “Swim the Swan”, 2015 Kapas-Marang Swimathon
1 Bronze – 2014 Australian Surf Livesaving Championships
Words by Esther Chung
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