Who, when and where: Malaysian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and which days they are 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.
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.
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.
Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka
Men’s sprint: 4 to 6 August (Finals: 5:50pm)
Men’s keirin: 7 to 8 August (Finals: 11am)
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).
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]
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]
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]
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]
28 July, 10:40am [Update: Malaysia lost against Thailand]
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.
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)
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.
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]
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.
Ranking round: 23 July, 8am [Update: Syaqiera Masha placed 43rd]
1/32 eliminations: 27 July, 10:27am
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]
Ranking round: 24 July [Update: Malaysia was eliminated after placing 19th in the ranking round]
Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi represents Malaysia in her second Olympics, after London 2012, in the women’s 30m rifle three positions.
Women’s 30m rifle three positions: 31 July [Update: Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi placed 34th]
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.
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]
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.
Men’s laser: 25 July
Women’s laser radial: 25 July
Women’s 470: 28 July
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.
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]
Kelly Tan and Rio 2016 Olympian Gavin Green qualified for the men’s and women’s categories respectively.
Kasumigaseki Country Club, Saitama
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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