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Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing

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Text: Adelina Tan

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These are the Malaysian Olympians representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics—and which day they’ll be competing

30 Malaysian athletes are competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 27 events, across 10 sports. For the first time in history, 60 per cent of the Malaysian contingent are women. Badminton player Goh Liu Ying—a three-time Olympian—has also been selected as a flag bearer alongside Lee Zii Jia, at the opening ceremony this 23 July.

While Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Games, did not travel to Japan for health reasons, he is staying closely connected with Team Malaysia through technology.

The target for Malaysia's Olympians is to bring home at least three medals, one of which will hopefully be the country's first gold medal.

How to watch

RTM is one of three Malaysian broadcasters who have acquired broadcast rights to the Games. Online, you can watch all five live broadcast channels here. Another official broadcaster is Unifi, who is providing customers with 13 dedicated HD channels on Unifi TV or the Unifi PlayTV app. Astro Sports Pack customers have access to selected Tokyo 2020 events in 4K UHD on Ultra Box, plus complimentary access to 13 dedicated HD channels on TV and Astro GO. All other Astro subscribers can head over to Astro Arena (Ch801) for latest updates, interviews, highlights, previews, and more exclusive content.

These are the Malaysian Olympians who are representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics—and which day they’ll be competing.

 

Track cycling

Azizulhasni Awang and Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sharom are both taking part in the men’s individual sprint and keirin events. The two track cyclists are strong medal contenders at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 2017 World Champion Azizulhasni is setting his sights on gold after bagging a bronze in keirin at 2016’s Rio Olympics. Meanwhile, Muhammad Shah Firdaus made headliens for winning this year’s Australian Track National Championship in the keirin event.

Where

Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka

When

Men’s sprint: 4 to 6 August (Finals: 5:50pm)

Men’s keirin: 7 to 8 August (Finals: 11am)

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 1)

Badminton

Eight players (four per gender) qualified for Tokyo 2020. Lee Zii Jia, winner of the 2021 All England Open Badminton Championship, seems most likely to bring home a medal—perhaps even the elusive gold. Lee is currently ranked 8th in the world.

Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, the mixed doubles pair, are also aiming for a spot on the podium. They won one of Malaysia’s four silver medals at the Rio Olympics. Other medal hopefuls are the men’s doubles duo of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik. Rounding up Malaysia’s badminton contingent in the Tokyo Olympics are Soniia Cheah Su Ya (women’s singles), as well as Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean (women’s doubles).

Where

Musashino Forest Sport Plaza

When

Women’s doubles

24 July, 8am [Update: Malaysia lost to Indonesia]

25 July, 6:20pm [Update: Malaysia lost to Japan]

27 July [Update: Malaysia won against Great Britain]

Men’s doubles

24 July, 5pm [Update: Malaysia won against South Korea]

26 July, 6:20pm [Update: Malaysia lost to Indonesia]

27 July, 7pm [Update: Malaysia won against Canada]

Quarter-finals: 29 July [Update: Malaysia won against Indonesia]

Semi-finals: 30 July, 6pm [Update: Malaysia won against China]

Bronze medal match: 31 July [Update: Malaysia won against Indonesia]

Mixed doubles

24 July, 6:20pm [Update: Malaysia lost against Hong Kong]

25 July, 10:20am [Update: Malaysia lost against Germany]

26 July, 5:40pm [Update: Malaysia lost to China]

Men’s singles

25 July, 5:40pm [Update: Malaysia won against Ukraine]

28 July [Update: Malaysia won against France]

Round of 16: 29 July, 6:15pm [Update: Malaysia lost against China]

Women’s singles

28 July, 10:40am [Update: Malaysia lost against Thailand]

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 2)

Diving

Two-time Olympic medallist, Pandelela Rinong, once again carries the nation’s hopes on her shoulders. The diving queen made a splash at this year’s FINA Diving World Cup, winning the women’s 10m platform title. Joining Pandelela in the leap for podium finishes are her synchronised 10m platform partner, Leong Mun Yee. This Olympics will be Leong’s fifth and her swansong.

Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Ng Yan Yee will both compete in the Women’s 3m springboard event, while Cheong Jun Hong has also qualified—narrowly, after enduring a scare—in the women’s 10m platform alongside Pandelela.

Where

Tokyo Aquatics Centre

When

Women’s synchronised 10m platform: 27 July, 2pm (Finals) [Update: Malaysia finished in 8th place]

Women’s 3m springboard: 30 July and 1 August (2pm each day) [Update: Nur Dhabitah Sabri finished in 4th place]

Women’s 10m platform: 4 to 5 August (Finals: 2pm)

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 3)

Gymnastics

For the first time since 2004, Malaysia has two artistics gymnasts at the Olympics. Both Farah Ann Abdul Hadi and Jeremiah Loo Phay Xing booked a spot in the individual all-around event, in the men’s and women’s categories respectively.

Only one Malaysian gymnast per gender can qualify for the Olympics, regardless of ranking, as the country does not have an artistic gymnastics team.

Where

Ariake Gymnastics Centre

When

Men’s individual all-around: 24 July [Update: Jeremiah Loo finished in 62nd place]

Women’s individual all-around: 25 July [Update: Farah Ann finished in 68th place]

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 4)

Archery

Malaysia has two archers at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Khairul Anuar Mohamad and Syaqiera Masha are competing in the men’s individual, women’s individual and mixed team events.

Where

Yumenoshima Archery Field

When

Women’s individual

Ranking round: 23 July, 8am [Update: Syaqiera Masha placed 43rd]

1/32 eliminations: 27 July, 10:27am

Men’s individual

Ranking round: 23 July, 12pm [Update: Khairul Anuar Mohamad placed 20th]

1/32 eliminations: 28 July, 8:43am [Update: Khairul Anuar Mohamad qualified 

Quarter-finals: 31 July, 8:56am [Update: Malaysia lost to South Korea]

Mixed team

Ranking round: 24 July [Update: Malaysia was eliminated after placing 19th in the ranking round]

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 5)

Shooting

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 6)
Image: The Star

Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi represents Malaysia in her second Olympics, after London 2012, in the women’s 30m rifle three positions.

Where

Asaka Shooting Range

When

Women’s 30m rifle three positions: 31 July [Update: Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi placed 34th]

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 7)

Swimming

Two swimmers, Welson Sim and Phee Jinq En, successfully applied for universality places after achieving the Olympic selection time (OST). Sim will take part in the men’s 200m and 400m freestyle, and Phee in the women’s 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Where

Tokyo Aquatics Centre

When

Men’s 400m freestyle: 24 July [Update: Welson Sim placed 33rd overall]

Men’s 200m freestyle: 25 July, 6:21pm [Update: Welson Sim placed 32nd overall]

Women’s 100m breaststroke: 25 July, 6:37pm [Update: Phee Jinq En placed 29th overall]

Women’s 200m breaststroke: 28 July, 6:34pm [Update: Phee Jinq En placed 31st overall]

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 8)

Sailing

Four Malaysian sailors qualified for Tokyo 2020: Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy in the men’s laser, Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif in the women’s laser radial, as well as Nuraisyah Jamil and Juni Noor Jamali in the women’s 470.

Where

Enoshima Yacht Harbour

When

Men’s laser: 25 July

Women’s laser radial: 25 July

Women’s 470: 28 July

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 9)

Athletics

Men’s high jump athlete, Lee Hup Wei, qualified through the World Championships while Azreen Nabila Alias received a universality slot for the women’s 100m sprint.

Where

Olympic Stadium

When

Men’s high jump: 30 July, 8:15am [Update: Lee Hup Wei did not qualify for the finals]

Women’s 100m: 30 July [Update: Azreen Nabila Alias did not qualify for the finals]

Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are competing (фото 10)

Golf

Kelly Tan and Rio 2016 Olympian Gavin Green qualified for the men’s and women’s categories respectively.

Where

Kasumigaseki Country Club, Saitama

When

Men’s: 29 July to 1 August, 6:30am

Women’s: 4 to 7 August, 6:30am

 

All the best to our Malaysian Olympians! #GanbatteMalaysia #SokongMalaysia

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