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Get to know the 18 Malaysian athletes who are headed to the Paris 2024 Olympics

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06.06.2024

By Amanda Fung

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Get to know the 18 Malaysian athletes who are headed to the Paris 2024 Olympics

We’re just over a month away from the beginning of the Paris 2024 Olympics and the excitement has been palpable! Happening from 26 July to 11 August, this year’s Games is set to be yet another stunning spectacle of sport and skill as we get to witness the world’s best athletes in their elements. As of today, Malaysia is set to send 18 athletes to Paris, who will compete in seven different sports. The final list of Malaysian athletes going to the Olympics will be confirmed by early July. 

This year will mark our country’s 17th appearance at the Summer Games, with the exception of the 1980 Olympics. Though our contingent may be smaller than that of recent years, it sure does pack a punch with the likes of Lee Zii Jia, Dato’ Azizulhasni Awang, and more, ready to compete for gold. Read on for a brief introduction to the Malaysian athletes who have qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

 

ARIANA NUR DANIA MOHAMAD ZAIRI (ARCHERY)

At just 18-years-old, Ariana Nur Dania Mohamad Zairi has achieved her Olympic dream by  qualifying for this year’s Games. Her gold medal at the Paris 2024 World Archery Asian Continental Qualifier Tournament 2023 in Thailand meant immediate qualification for the Games. During this competition, she beat Uzbekistan’s Ziyodakhon Abdusattorova with a score of 7-3 in the Women’s Recurve event, which she will be competing in at the Olympics. The teenage star is currently training under former national archer and Beijing 2008 Olympian, Marbawi Sulaiman OLY. 

 

LEE ZII JIA (BADMINTON)

 

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Lee Zii Jia has become something of a household name in recent years, representing Malaysia in the Men’s Singles event. His career in badminton has been nothing short of commendable, having won the All England title in 2021 as well as the more recent Thailand Open 2024. He made an appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where he was eliminated from the Round of 16 after a defeat at the hands of China’s Chen Long. At 26 years old, Lee currently ranks at World No. 7 and we hope to see him move up the ladder with some wins at the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

 

AARON CHIA AND SOH WOOI YIK (BADMINTON)

A force to be reckoned with, this badminton duo quickly won the hearts of Malaysians after their smashing performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where they took home the bronze medal after a nail-biting game against Indonesia’s Ahsan and Setiawan. In 2022, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik returned to Tokyo and subsequently won the gold at the year’s World Championships for men’s doubles. Back in March of this year, they won silver at the All England Open. As of May 2024, the pair ranks at World No. 5. Known for their sheer power and merciless defense skills, Chia and Soh are current favourites to bring home the gold from the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

 

GOH JIN WEI (BADMINTON)

 

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Set to represent Malaysia during the Women’s Singles event, World No. 33 Goh Jin Wei is making her main Olympic debut at this year’s Games. She competed in the 2018 Youth Olympics, where she clinched the gold medal against China’s Wang Zhiyi. In September 2021, Goh announced her retirement from professional badminton, citing health issues after a surgery in 2019. However, she returned to the team as an independent player in June 2022 and continued to reiterate her inability to commit fully due to her existing medical problems. Just four months after rejoining the team, Goh reached her first-ever BWF World Tour final at the Vietnam Open and brought home the silver medal. 

 

PEARLY TAN AND THINAAH MURALITHARAN (BADMINTON)

Our women’s doubles duo is also making their Olympic debut at this year’s Games. Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan have been rising through the ranks in recent years, winning the gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. More recently, they reached the finals at the 2023 Malaysian Masters and 2023 Hong Kong Open—bagging the silver medal at both competitions. The last time they were in Paris was during the 2022 French Open, during which they won gold. The national Women’s Doubles pair currently stands at No. 13 on the world rankings. 

 

CHEN TANG JIE AND TOH EE WEI (BADMINTON)

 

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Another pair of Olympic debutants, Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei will be Malaysia’s representatives in the Mixed Doubles event. Currently ranked at World No. 9, the duo recently won silver during the Swiss Open at the Super 300 level. Before that, they also won silver at the Thailand Masters. Both players started their careers in the Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles events before eventually finding their calling in the mixed doubles competition. 

 

NUR AISYAH MOHAMAD ZUBIR (CYCLING)

Our sole representative in the road cycling competition is Nur Aisyah Mohamad Zubir, who will be competing in the Women’s Road Race event. The Malaysian National Cycling Federation selected Nur Aisyah after having secured a quota place in the events through the 2023 Asian Championships in Rayong, Thailand. She is currently training in Belgium in the lead-up to the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

 

DATO’ AZIZULHASNI AWANG (CYCLING)

 

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Nicknamed the “The Pocket Rocketman”, Dato’ Azizulhasni Awang is prepared to make his record-breaking fifth appearance at Paris 2024 this summer. He is the first Malaysian to appear on the Olympics stage five separate times and will be racing in both the Men’s Keirin and Sprint events. At Tokyo 2020, he took home the silver medal in a keirin race that had Malaysian athletes and fans on the edge of their seats. Before that, he won bronze in the same event at Rio 2016 and now has his sights on gold.

 

MUHAMMAD SHAH FIRDAUS SAHROM (CYCLING)

Another member of the men’s track cycling team will be Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom. Paris 2024 will be Shah Firdaus’s second appearance at the Games. He won double bronze models at the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Earlier this year, he bagged another bronze at the Asian Track Cycling Championships in February despite sustaining serious injuries to his knees and shoulder just weeks prior. During Paris 2024, Malaysians can catch him in both the Men’s Sprint and Keirin events. 

 

NURUL IZZAH IZZATI MOHD ASRI (CYCLING)

 

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Alongside the other two Malaysian athletes on the cycling team, Nurul Izzah Izzati Mohd Asri stands at just 1.52m but is not to be underestimated. Her nickname “The Pocket Rocketwoman” is a testament to her speed and power on the track. At the 2024 Asian Track Cycling Championships in New Delhi, Nurul Izzah put on a gold medal performance, winning top prize in the Women’s 500m and Keirin events. In preparation for the Summer Games, Nurul Izzah has been attending training camps in Belgium, United Kingdom and Spain. Initially aiming to make the 2028 Olympics, qualifying for the 2024 Olympics came as a pleasant shock to the track cycling star. Malaysians can watch her race her heart out in the Women’s Sprint and Keirin events.

 

BERTRAND RHODICT LISES (DIVING)

 

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Hailing from Sarawak, Bertrand Rhodict Lises is making his first-ever Olympics appearance in Paris. Competing in the Men’s 10m Platform event, Lises is the sole member of the Malaysian diving team headed for the Games. The diver was the first Malaysian to qualify for the Olympics in July 2023, when he ranked 10th at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. Only those who make the top 12 in this event are granted a spot in the Olympics. He also won bronze at his first ever Asian Games in Hangzhou. At 18 years old, Lises is one of the youngest of this year’s Malaysian athletes on their way to Paris.

 

KHAIRULNIZAM AFENDY (SAILING)

Khairulnizam Afendy’s Paris 2024 appearance will mark the fourth consecutive time the national sailor has made it to the Olympic stage. This year, he will be competing in the men’s Single-handed Dinghy event with the ILCA 7. He secured his spot by finishing third at the Last Chance Regatta 2024 that was held in Hyeres, France. As you can tell by its name, the competition was Khairulnizam’s final opportunity at qualifying for the Olympics. In 2022, Khairulnizam won second place at the Asian Sailing Championship in Abu Dhabi.

 

NUR SHAZRIN MOHD LATIF (SAILING)

Competing in the women’s ILCA 6 event is Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif, who will be making her third consecutive appearance at the Olympics. During Tokyo 2020, she competed in the Laser Radial event and finished 26th, an improvement from her 33rd in Rio 2016. This time, she qualified for the Paris Olympics after landing the gold medal in the women’s Single-handed Dinghy event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou. This achievement made her the second of the Malaysian athletes to qualify for this year’s Olympics. Though she is currently nursing an injury on her wrist, she hopes to make it to the waters in Paris.

 

JONATHAN WONG (SHOOTING)

 

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Jonathan Wong returns to the Olympics this year after making his debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he finished 28th. He was the third of the Malaysian athletes to qualify for this year’s Games after finishing in fourth place at the 15th Asian Shooting Championships in Changwon, South Korea. He will be competing in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event. At the Hangzhou Asian Games, the 31-year-old made it to the finals in his event for the first time and finished sixth. 

 

ANIQ KASDAN (WEIGHTLIFTING)

 

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Making his Olympic debut in the Men’s −61 kg event is Aniq Kasdan, a 21-year-old weightlifter. He qualified for Paris 2024 in April after placing eighth in the Men’s 61kg event at the International Weightlifting Federation’s World Cup in Phuket, Thailand. The Thai competition was the final opportunity for weightlifters to qualify for this year’s Games. In Phuket, he accumulated a total lift of 290kg, with 125kg in Snatch and 165kg in Clean & Jerk. He was previously the first ever Malaysian to medal in the World Weightlifting Championships with his bronze in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2023. 

 

 

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