Maybe we are just a small nation and tucked in between two famous countries in South East Asia (well, almost any mat salleh knows where is Thailand and Singapore, but clueless when mentioned Malaysia). But, despite all that, we are proud to have great Malaysian athletes who bring attention to Malaysia.
With the Independence Day and Malaysia Day coming up, let’s check out these athletes who bring glory to our beloved nation. Here’s the list below:
Lee Chong Wei
Firstly, a must in such a list is our national sports representative, Datuk Lee Chong Wei. He was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012. Moreover, he is also the triple silver medalist at the Olympic Games.
Secondly, there is the queen of the squash court. For your information, Datuk Nicol Ann David is currently ranked 6th among the world’s professional female squash players. Besides, she was the world number one for 108 consecutive months, from August 2006 to September 2015. Adding to her achievements, she had also won the World Open titles for 8 times.
Third on the list is Pandelela Rinong Anak Pamg. The nation’s diving queen specialises in the 10-metre platform dive event. Furthermore, she is a two-time Olympic medalist. She has also won a total of four medals at the World Championships.
Julian Yee Zhi-Jie
Sport: Figure skating
After that, there is also the young figure skater who defies the odds of living in a tropical country. Julian Yee is a five-time Malaysian senior national champion. In addition, he has competed in the final segment at seven ISU Championships, including two World Championships.
Sport: Track cycling
On the other hand, Mohd Azizulhasni bin Awang is a professional track cyclist with the nickname “The Pocket Rocketman”. His small stature is not a challenge as he won an Olympic medal, a bronze in the individual keirin. Also, he won a World Championship title in the keirin in 2017 too.
Besides, there is the young swimmer Welson Sim Wee Sheng. The Malaysian swimmer competed in the men’s 400-metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Sport: Tenpin bowling
Lastly, this is another athlete who brings glory to Malaysia. The professional tenpin bowler is also a former Asian No. 1. Additionally, she is ranked No. 1 of the professional tenpin bowlers in Malaysia and Asia previously too.