Watching the Olympics has never been this exciting! With 5 hard-fought medal wins, we celebrate our history-making Malaysian athletes who have trained gruesomely hard to qualify for the Olympics and have displayed amazing performance, determination and passion in their various sporting arenas! PurelyB salutes all our athletes for delivering Malaysia’s best ever Olympic performance yet.
It definitely has been an absolutely beautiful spectacle all round – watching our Malaysians heroes in action and spectators across the nations united to support and cheer our Olympians on! #goforgold #teammalaysia #rio2016
They have taken Malaysia higher; qualifying for previously unrepresented sports and making unprecedented advances whether on the courts, tracks or in water. Our women Olympian athletes have also been nothing short of inspiring! All of you have sparked hope, inspired us big time and given #malaysiaboleh a newfound meaning! SYABAS and our heartfelt THANK YOU for doing our nation proud!
In the midst of the flurry of excitement and hopes running high as we countdown to watch the Men’s Singles Badminton final at tonight, we want to celebrate our Malaysian athletes who have braved through to the finals, put up a tough fight, played their hearts out and culminated in podium finishes! Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you our world-class Anak-Anak Malaysia!
Credit: Reuters/Rio 2016
Dato’ Lee Chong Wei
Men’s Singles, Badminton
In a nail-biting, nerve-wrecking and a stunningly epic 79-minute showdown, world-dominating shuttlers - our beloved Dato’ Lee Chong Wei and world #1 Lin Dan were both unquestionably in top form at the semi-finals last night. LCW gained sweet victory with thunderous cheers from fans when he ended the game with a 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 thrilling win over great rival Lin Dan.
With one step away from gold, Dato’ LCW seeks to cap his illustrious career with a historic win in RIO 2016. The entire nation is now pinning his hopes on Dato’ LCW to deliver Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal as he squares off against China’s next Lin Dan in the making, Chen Long at 8.20pm (Malaysian time) tonight!
Malaysians world over will be glued to their screens, cheering you on, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei! You will always be our hero! #goforgold #youcandoit #malaysiaboleh
Update: LCW brings home Malaysia's third silver medal for badminton in a stellar 21-18, 21-18 match against Chen Long. A huge congratulations, Dato' Lee Chong Wei on your outstanding career and thank you for elevating Malaysia in the shuttling arena! You have incredible skills and a relentless fighting spirit - we're super proud of you!
Follow LCW on Instagram: @leechongweiofficial
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Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong
Men’s Doubles, Badminton
The Goh-Tan pair advanced gallantly into the men’s doubles finals and then fought hard till the very end in a pulsating, neck and neck, 67-minute chase for gold against Chinese duo and world #4 Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in a 21-16, 11-21, 21-23 match.
Throughout the three set game, they repeatedly made come backs with a barrage of smashes against their opponents. All eyes were on Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong as they displayed strength and agility in the finals and eventually clinched Malaysia’s third silver medal. Was a tough fight, guys! We are so proud of you both! Our heartiest congratulations on your heroic accomplishment at RIO 2016!
Follow them on Instagram: @vshem and @wktan521
Credit: Astro Awani/Reuters
Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying
Mixed Doubles, Badminton
This high-spirited duo, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying achieved a respectable feat when they advanced to the finals and won Malaysia’s second silver medal at RIO 2016 in what was a fiery game against Indonesian pair, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in a 21-14 and 21-12 battle. This pair made tremendous strides from world #79 to reach a superb podium finish in the Olympics all in a year and we couldn’t be prouder of them. A massive congratulations to you, Peng Soon and Liu Ying!
Follow them on Facebook: PS Chan and Goh Liu Ying (@gohliuying530) or on Instagram: @gohliuying
Credit: Astro Awani/The Star
Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong
Olympic silver medallists, Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong launched Malaysia on her first RIO 2016 medal win in the women’s sychronised 10m platform diving event with an impressive 344.34 points.
This memorable Olympic win is a first for Jun Hoong and Pandelela’s level up win from her bronze medal win at the 2012 London Olympics. Way to go and a huge congratulations once again, girls! We are very proud of you!
Follow them on Instagram: @pandelela and @cheongjunhoong
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Men's Kierin Cycling
It was a momentous win for Azizulhasni as he rode to a bronze victory in the men’s Keirin cycling finals – Malaysia’s first ever cycling Olympic medal. Congratulations, Azizulhasni! He has certainly fired up not only the growing cycling enthusiasts in our country, his incredible fighting spirit has trailblazed the way forward for budding Olympic hopefuls on and off the track!
Follow him (fondly known as #pocketrocketman) on Instagram: @azizulawangofficial
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