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[UPDATED] SEA Games 2022: Malaysia medal tally and highlights

[UPDATED] SEA Games 2022: Malaysia medal tally and highlights

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Text: Natalie Khoo

Image: @olympicmalaysia / Instagram

These are the key events and medal prospects for Malaysian at the 2021 SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam—scroll to the end for the medal tally

[Note: This article was originally published on 9 May 2022 and has been updated regularly with results of key events, including the medal tally at the end of the page.]

All eyes in the region will be turning to Hanoi, Vietnam this May as the Southeast Asian Games, better known as SEA Games 2021, is set to take place from 12 to 23 May 2022. However, several events such as football and diving will kick off before the announced dates. It was originally scheduled to take place from 21 November to 2 December last year but had been postponed due to the rising Covid-19 cases in Vietnam at the time.

The 31st edition of the Games will feature 40 sports across 526 events, with a total of 5,467 athletes from the 11 Southeast Asian nations in participation. Team Malaysia will see 584 representatives competing in 37 out of the 40 sports.

National diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri, who won the hearts of Malaysians for placing fourth during the Tokyo Olympics last year, is the appointed flag bearer for the Malaysian delegation. Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Faisal Azumu has announced a target of 146 medals—consisting of 36 gold, 35 silver, and 75 bronze medals. If the country aims to finish in the top five, the contingent will need more than 36 gold medals to secure that position. Among the sports events expected to contribute to the target include athletics, diving, karate, and wushu.

“Out of the 584 athletes we are sending to the SEA Games, 378 will be taking part for the first time and we have no proven statistics to rely on,” the minister said.

“Fifteen sports are expected to contribute to the gold medal target based on current performance,” he added. “Diving and athletics will be our main gold medal hopes this time as we feel they are capable of winning more than five based on current performance.”

As of the time of writing, Nur Dhabitah Sabri has already bagged the first gold medal of the Games in the women’s 1m springboard event on 8 May. Fellow compatriot Kimberley Bong also secured the silver medal in the same event. Meanwhile, diving duo Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yi Wei have also won gold in the synchronised 3m springboard event on the same day. 

Here are the top Malaysian athletes (read: medal prospects) to watch and when to catch them in action throughout the SEA Games.

Archery

Who:

  • Men's recurve: Khairul Annuar Mohamad, Zarif Syahiir Zolkepeli, Bryson Ting, Firdaus Rusmadi
  • Men's compound: Juwaidi Mazuki, Alang Ariff Aqil Ghazali, Syafiq Ariffin, Wong Co Wan
  • Women's recurve: Nuramalia Haneesha Mazlan, Syaqiera Mashayikh, Nur Ain Ayuni Fozi, Nurul Azreena Fazli
  • Women's compound: Fatin Nurfatehah Mat Salleh, Iman Aisyah Norazam, Nur Aina Yasmine Halim, Kayal Vhily

When: 15 to 19 May 2022

Where: Hanoi National Sports Training Centre

Badminton

Duo to watch: Men's doubles pair Man Wei Chong and Tee Kai Wun are aiming for a podium finish at the SEA Games 2021.

Who:

  • Men’s singles: Lim Chong King, Kok Jing Hong, Lee Shun Yang, Justin Hoh
  • Men’s doubles: Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun, Haizal Nazri-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi

[Note: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has decided to send junior and back-up players to represent the nation in the sport due to the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup tournaments being held in Bangkok around the same time.]

When: 16 to 21 May 2022

  • Men’s Team Preliminary Round / Quarter Finals: 16 May 2022 [Results: Malaysia defeated Vietnam 3-1 to advance to the semi final]
  • Men’s Team Semi Final: 17 May 2022 [Results: Malaysia defeated Singapore 3-2 to advance to the final]
  • Men's Team Final: 18 May 2022 [Results: Thailand defeated Malaysia 3-0 to take the gold, while Malaysia settles for silver]
  • Mixed doubles final: 22 May 2022 [Results: Malaysia secured historic gold and silver with Tang Jie-Yen Wei winning over compatriots Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See 15-21, 21-19, 21-13 in a thrilling rubber set match]

Where: Bac Giang Gymnasium

Diving

Who: Pandelela Rinong, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Ooi Tze Liang, Chew Yiwei, Wendy Ng Yan Yee, Kimberly Bong, Bertrand Rhodict, Ong Ker Ying

When: 8 to 11 May 2022

  • Women's 1m springboard: Sunday, 8 May 2022 - 4.00pm (final) [Results: Nur Dhabitah Sabri won gold, Kimberley Bong won silver]
  • Men's synchronised 3m springboard: Sunday, 8 May 2022 - 5.10pm (final) [Results: Chew Yiwei and Ooi Tze Liang won gold]
  • Men’s 1m springboard: Monday, 9 May 2022 - 4.00pm (final) [Results: Ooi Tze Liang won gold; Bertrand Rhodict won bronze]
  • Women's synchronised 3m springboard: Monday, 9 May 2022 - 5.10pm (final) [Results: Wendy Ng Yan Yee and Ong Ker Ying won gold]
  • Women’s 3m springboard: Tuesday, 10 May 2022 - 9.00am (heats), 3pm (final) [Results: Wendy Ng Yan Yee won gold; Ong Ker Ying won silver]
  • Men’s synchronised 10m platform: Tuesday, 10 May 2022 - 10.10am (heats), 4.10pm (final) [Results: Jellson Jabillin and Hanis Nazirul Jayasurya won gold]
  • Men’s 3m springboard: Wednesday, 11 May 2022 - 9.00am (heats), 3.00pm (final) [Results: Muhammad Syafiq Puteh won gold, Gabriel Gilbert Daim won silver]
  • Women’s synchronised 10m platform: Wednesday, 11 May 2022 - 10.10am (heats), 4.10pm (final) [Results: Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Pandelela Rinong won gold]

Where: Water Sports Stadium (My Dinh National Sports Complex)

Karate

Who: S. Prem Kumar (men’s under-60kg), R. Sharmendran (under-75kg), P. Madhuri (women’s under-55kg), M. Mathivani (women’s under-61kg)

When: 18 to 20 May 2022

Where: Ninh Binh Gymnasium

Kurash

Who: Mohammad Ezzat Bin Mohd Noor, Yousuff Daniel Fauzi Cruz

When: 10 to 13 May 2022

  • Men's -90 kg: 10 May 2022 [Results: Mohammad Ezzat Bin Mohd Noor won bronze]
  • Men's -66kg: 11 May 2022 [Results: Yousuff Daniel Fauzi Cruz won bronze]

Where: Hoai Duc District Sporting Hall

Men’s football

When: 6 to 22 May 2022

  • 7 May 2022, 7pm: Thailand vs Malaysia [Results: Thailand 1-2 Malaysia] 
  • 11 May 2022, 8pm: Malaysia vs Laos [Results: Malaysia 3-1 Laos]
  • 14 May 2022, 4pm: Singapore vs Malaysia [Results: Singapore 2-2 Malaysia]
  • 16 May 2022, 4pm: Malaysia vs Cambodia [Results: Malaysia 2-2 Cambodia]
  • 19 May 2022, 7pm (semi-finals): Vietnam vs Malaysia [Results: Vietnam 1-0 Malaysia]
  • 22 May 2022, 4pm (bronze medal match): Indonesia vs Malaysia [Results: Indonesia wins 4-3 in the penalty shootout]

Where: Thien Truong Stadium

Pencak Silat

Who: Mohd Taqiyuddin Bin Hamid, Sazzlan Bin Yuga, Luqman Laji, Hazim Ahmad, Al Jufferi Jamari, Siti Rahman Nasir, Nor Hamizah Abu Hassan, Nur Syazreen A Malik, Fatin Ardani Zamri, Siti Nur Khairunissa Hail, Merrywati Manuil

When: 10 to 16 May 2022

  • 10 May 2022: Men's seni tunggal (finals) [Results: Luqman Laji won bronze]
  • 10 May 2022: Women's seni ganda [Results: Nur Syazreena Malik and Nor Hamizah Abu Hassan won bronze]
  • 10 May 2022: Women's seni tunggal [Results: Merrywati Manuil, Siti Nur Khairunnisa Hail and Fatin Ardani Zamri won bronze]
  • 11 May 2022, 11.30am: Men's ganda (finals) [Results: Mohd Taqiyuddin Bin Hamid and Sazzlan Bin Yuga won gold] 

Where: Bac Tu Liem Sport Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

Petanque

When: 13 to 19 May 2022

Where: Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Centre

Swimming

Who: Welson Sim, Khiew Hoe Yean, Phee Jinq En

When: 14 to 19 May 2022

Where: Water Sports Stadium (My Dinh National Sports Complex)

Wushu

Who: Tan Zhi Yan, Clement Ting Su Wei, Calvin Lee Wai Leong, Yeap Wai Kin and Phoon Eyin

When: 13 to 15 May 2022

  • Men's taijiquan: 13 May 2022 [Results: Tan Zhi Yan won gold]
  • Men's changquan: 13 May 2022 [Results: Clement Ting Su Wei won gold]
  • Men's nandao: 13 May 2022 [Results: Calvin Lee Wai Leong won silver]

Where: Cau Giay Gymnasium (Hanoi)


Medal tally

As of 10pm, Sunday, 22 May 2022:

Medal Total
Gold 37
Silver 46
Bronze 86

Total: 169

Despite surpassing the target of 36 gold, 35 silver, and 75 bronze medals, Malaysia finished in sixth place in the SEA Games medal ranking. For the record, Malaysia regularly ranks among the top five in SEA Games history, except for the one time the nation finished sixth at the 1983 edition in Singapore. 

Nevertheless, Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu hopes that our national athletes will use the experience gained from the Hanoi SEA Games to do their best in more competitive meets, like the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 in July and the recently-postponed Hangzhou Asian Games 2022. 

“The Hanoi SEA Games is a platform for them to go even further. The exposure gained at the SEA Games is crucial for us to achieve more success in other multi-sport Games like the Commonwealth Games and Asiad,” he said.

Congratulations to all athletes who have contributed medals for Malaysia at the 2021 SEA Games and kudos to the rest of the Malaysian contingent for your efforts! #comebackstronger