5 Impressive Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Team Malaysia at Tokyo Olympics - Jiran

5 Impressive Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Team Malaysia at Tokyo Olympics

Time to brush up on your Olympic trivia — Malaysian edition!

Published on 5 August 2021

The Olympic spirit is still very much alive.  As the Games come to an end, we can’t help but be completely invested in the highs and lows, the joy and disappointment experienced by our athletes as they represent Malaysia to fight for glory. 

Can’t seem to get enough of our sporting superstars? Here are some fun facts that you may or may not know about our Tokyo Olympic squad. 

1. The Olympic veteran

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Photo credit: @leong_munyee

This amazing athlete has qualified for a total of five Olympic Games. Yes, we are talking about Ipoh-born diver, Leong Mun Yee. She is the first Malaysian athlete to compete in five Olympics. She might not have won any medals, but she has certainly won our hearts. Although she is set on retiring from diving, Mun Yee will be establishing an academy to develop and train up-and-coming divers.  

2. A first for Malaysia

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Photo credit: Pahang Sailing Team Facebook

Malaysia sent its first female representative to compete in the sailing event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. After completing 10 gruelling races, Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif finished at the 26th spot in the Laser Radial event. The future looks promising for the young competitive sailor despite not bagging a medal at the Olympics. She previously won a bronze medal in Laser Radial at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.

3. Badminton is the name of the game

Jiran Malaysia first medal tokyo olympics
Photo credit: @aaronchiatengfong

Out of the 12 medals won in all Olympic competitions, nine of them were obtained from our badminton players. The most recent medal was won by top badminton men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik who delivered a bronze, Malaysia’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The other medals include two from diving and one from cycling.  

4. Independent and determined individuals

Jiran Track and field athlete
Photo credit: @runsteur & @harimaumalaysia.empire

Track and field athletes Azreen Nabila Alias and Lee Hup Wei participated in the Tokyo Games without having their coach present with them due to funding constraints. Despite that minor setback, Azreen successfully beat her personal best, recording two sub-12 seconds (s) timings in the women’s 100-metre event. 

5. Two thumbs up for this amazing mum

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Photo credit: Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi Facebook

Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi first turned heads when she competed in the London 2012 Olympics while eight months pregnant. Even after giving birth, she continued to compete, achieving consistent results to finally qualify to fill the wildcard slot for the Tokyo Olympics. If failure is the mother of success, Nur Suryani is the mother of perseverance!

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