26 MalaysiaN OLYMPIC HEROES

BADMINTON | Men’s Doubles

Aaron Chia & Soh Wooi Yik

Aaron’s love for the game blossomed at the age of 4 when he would follow his father to the badminton court. Soh comes from a legacy of badminton players; both his dad and uncle were former Malaysian badminton stars. They click so well because they’ve been friends since they were kids.

Achievement

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They became Malaysia’s first-ever World Badminton Champions after winning the men’s doubles title at the 2022 BWF World Championships tournament. Competed in the World Championships, SEA Games, Asian Championships, the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games, among others!

Melaka

27 y/o

Kuala Lumpur

26 y/o

BADMINTON | Mixed Doubles

Chen Tang Jie & Toh Ee Wei

Rising twin stars! They were paired up just weeks before a tournament yet they crushed the competition together. Beyond the court! Toh battled with bone tuberculosis and acute sinus before beating the odds and smashing the competition on the court.

Achievement

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They were the first Malaysians to be crowned champions of the Orléans Masters Badminton Championship in 2023. They reached the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open and the semi-finals of the Singapore Open. Competed in the BWF World Junior Championships, BWF World Tour, and SEA Games, among others! 

Perak

26 y/o

Melaka

26 y/o

BADMINTON | Women’s Doubles

Pearly Tan & 

Thinaah Muralitharan

Alor Setar-born Pearly is the daughter of a badminton coach. Thinaah’s love for the game started at the age of 6 when she would follow her older brother to his badminton training. 

Achievement

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In 2021, Thinaah with her partner Pearly Tan, clinched their first BWF World Tour title in the Swiss Open. In 2022, they were the first Malaysian women’s doubles pair to win the French Open title! Competed in the BWF World Tour, Commonwealth Games, Asian and World Junior Championships, among others! 

Kedah

24 y/o

Selangor

26 y/o

BADMINTON | Men’s Singles

Lee Zii Jia

Was first introduced to the sport at the age of 6 by his parents. Smashing! He’s known for his backhand smash, physical agility, speed and reflexes. From court to court, his parents were former basketball internationals! 

Achievement

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Strings of success! He won gold in the 2019 SEA Games, broke into the top 10 world rankings after a stellar performance at the All-England Open, and in 2021 won his first Super 1000 tournament at the All-England Open. Competed in the BWF World Junior Championships, BWF World Tour, SEA Games, and Asian Championships, among others! 

Kedah

26 y/o

BADMINTON | Women’s Singles

Goh Jin Wei

Started playing badminton at the age of 6 as a hobby, won the U-12 Grand Prix Finals at 11, and was drafted into the Malaysia national team at 14! Stronger than ever! She announced her retirement back in 2021 due to health reasons but returned to turn professional a year later.

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A smashing feat! She was the first Malaysian to win gold at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires in 2018. She is also the first badminton player to win both World Junior Championships (2015) and YOG titles. Competed in the BWF World Junior Championships, Youth Olympics, and SEA Games, among others! 

Penang

24 y/o

CYCLING | WOMEN’S ROAD RACE

Nur Aisyah Mohamad Zubir

First woman cyclist to represent Malaysia in the women’s road racing category of the Olympics! 

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She has won 6 gold medals from the 2018 SUKMA Games, silver and bronze medals from the 2022 SEA Games, and finished strong in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and 2023 Tour of Biwase Vietnam. Success continues with 2 silvers in individual and team road race events, a bronze in criterium at the 2022 Hanoi SEA Games, and 2 more bronzes at the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games. Competed in the SEA Games, Asian Games, The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Cup Women's Tour of Thailand, and SUKMA, among others! 

Terengganu

27 y/o

TRACK CYCLING | Men’s Sprint and Keirin

Muhammad Shah 

Firdaus Sahrom

Nicknamed “The Terminator Shah”. He’s also musically gifted with the guitar and singing.

Achievement

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His major breakthrough came in 2018 at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships men's sprint event! In 2021, he won gold in the men’s keirin event at the Australian National Track Cycling Championships, knocking out defending champion Dato’ Azizulhasni Awang. Competed in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Olympics, among others! 

Johor

29 y/o

TRACK CYCLING | Men’s Sprint and Keirin

Dato’ Azizulhasni Awang

Nicknamed “The Pocket Rocketman” due to his small stature and lightning-fast speed. He was Team Malaysia’s national flag bearer in the 2008 Beijing Olympics! Took up cycling at the young age of 10! He was gifted a bike by his father for doing well in his UPSR exams.

Achievement

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He’s a two-time Olympic medallist and World Champion who also took home the gold at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championship.
Competed in the World Championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and Olympics, among others! 

Terengganu

36 y/o

TRACK CYCLING | 

Women’s Sprint and Keirin

Nurul Izzah Izzati Mohd Asri

Called “The Pocket Rocketwoman”. She’s under the mentorship of Dato’ Azizulhasni Awang.

Achievement

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A meteoric rise! She won two gold medals in the women’s keirin and 500m time trial event at the 2024 Asian Track Cycling Championships after a 12-year drought!  Competed in the World Track Cycling Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Olympics, among others! 

Kedah

21 y/o

DIVING | MEN’S 10M PLATFORM

Bertrand Rhodict Lises

Made waves as the first Malaysian to qualify for the Paris Olympics at just 18! He was initially nudged into swimming by his family but found his true calling in the diving pool next to it at the age of 4. Received an offer from the National Sports Council of Malaysia at the age of 14, propelling him onto the national stage that led him to the Olympics. 

Achievement

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He scored a spot in the men’s 10-metre platform at the World Aquatics Championship in Fukuoka with a total score of 420.70 after finishing 10th in the semi-finals. Competed in the Diving Grand Prix, Asian Games, and the Southeast Asian Games, among others! 

Sarawak

19 y/o

DIVING | WOMEN’S 3M SPRINGBOARD

Nur Dhabitah Binti Sabri

She started swimming at 5 and then went on to dive at 7! She was chosen to light up the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. 

Achievement

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Youngest Malaysian diver to win two events in the 2012 Southeast Asian Swimming Championships. She’s the first Malaysian diver to stand on the Commonwealth Games Podium for the women’s 3m springboard individual in 2022! She dove headfirst into the Olympic Games at just 17, scoring 5th place in the Rio 2016 Olympics and then 4th at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She has won over 20 international medals. 

Kuala Lumpur

25 y/o

WEIGHTLIFTING | MEN’S 61KG

Mohamad Aniq Kasdan

At 19, he made history by becoming the first Malaysian weightlifter to win a medal at the World Weightlifting Championships! 

Achievement

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Malaysia returns to the Olympics weightlifting arena after an 8-year hiatus with Aniq reigning as the Commonwealth Games champion after a stellar performance at the IWF World Cup in Phuket where he was positioned as the 8th ranked lifter in the Olympic rankings. Competed in the World Weightlifting Championships, SUKMA, Southeast Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and the Olympics, among others! 

Johor

22 y/o

SHOOTING | MEN’S 10M AIR PISTOL 

Johnathan Wong Guanjie

A shot in the dark! He followed his sister to a shooting selection test back in 2004, only to ignite a passion for the sport that would lead him to the Olympics today.

Achievement

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Right on target! He won silver in the Singapore SEA Games 2015, qualified for the Rio Olympics in 2016, and took home the gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Competed in the Southeast Asian Games and the Olympics, among others! 

Melaka

32 y/o

SAILING | 

WOMEN'S SINGLE HANDED DINGHY ILCA 6 

Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif

Sailed her way into the sport at the tender age of 8 through her mother’s encouragement. 
Put Malaysia on the map when she became the first female sailor to compete at the Rio Games! 

Achievement

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Aye, aye, captain! In 2022, Shazrin became the first Malaysian to win a gold medal in the women’s ILCA 6 event of the Asian Games! Competed in the Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games, among others!

Johor

26 y/o

SAILING | 

MEN'S SINGLE HANDED DINGHY ILCA 7 

Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy

Set sail at the age of 5 and was coached by his father, Mohd Afendy Abdullah, a former national sailor. Made history for Malaysian sailing after qualifying on merit for his fourth Olympics in Paris! 

Achievement

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In 2018, he was the first Malaysian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after winning silver in the laser standard at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Competed in the Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games, among others! 

Kedah

31 y/o

ARCHERY | 

Women’s Team & Recurve Individual

Ariana Nur Dania Mohamad Zairi

Stepped into the world of archery at the age of 10 and became the youngest archer in the Olympic Games just 8 years later at 18!

Achievement

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Made her dreams come true in Bangkok where she scored gold in the women’s recurve final of the World Archery (WA) Asian Continental Qualifier Tournament and secured the golden ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics. Competed in the Olympics, the Asian Archery Championships and the Archery World Cup, among others!  

Kuala Lumpur

19 y/o

ARCHERY | Women’s Team

Syaqiera Mashayikh

At age 10, she was already a competitive archer who loved female archer-led movies like ‘Brave’ and ‘The Hunger Games’.
Sharp shooter! Made history as the first Malaysian women’s recurve team that will feature in the olympics alongside Ariana Nur Dania Mohamad Zairi and Nurul Azreena Mohamad Fazil.

Achievement

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She created two national records in the women’s individual recurve event 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. This is the second time she will be competing in the Olympics, the first being the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Johor

24y/o

ARCHERY | Women’s Team

Nurul Azreena Mohd Fazil

The dream team! Qualified for the women’s archery team event alongside Syaqiera Mashayikh and Ariana Nur Dania Mohamad Zairi - marking the first time a Malaysian team made it to the Olympics. It’s showtime! The upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics marks her debut at just 20 years old.

Selangor

20 y/o

SPRINTING | Men’s Athletics (100m)

Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi

The Paris 2024 Olympics will mark his debut in the prestigious games.

Achievement

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Fast track to success! He scored gold in the 2019 ASEAN School Games’s 200m event with a time of 21.63 seconds. In 2022, he broke the national 100m record at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships with 10.09 seconds. In 2023, he broke the men’s 60m indoor sprint national record with 6.63 seconds at the 2023 Texas Tech Open meet! He then made history by bringing home a bronze medal in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou for the 100m event - after a 41-year wait!

Perak

20 y/o

GOLF | WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL

Ashley Lau

She’s the first Sarawakian to top the national women’s golf rankings and the first Sarawakian woman to turn professional.

Achievement

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She was named Big Ten Golfer of the Year in 2022. SEA-sons winning! She represented Malaysia in the 2018 Asian Games, 2017 and 2019 SEA Games, bringing home a silver medal in a team event from 2019 with Natasha Andrea Oon. 

Sarawak

24 y/o

GOLF | MEN’S INDIVIDUAL

Gavin Green

Achievement

Title

Won three times on the Asian Development Tour, leading him to play the Asian Tour. He is the first Malaysian to top the Asian Tour Order of Merit after a remarkable 2017 run, propelling him into the prestigious European Tour! He also won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, then went on to finish second at the Shinhan Donghae Open, the Hero Indian Open and the Yeangder Heritage in 2017. He represented the nation in the 2016 Rio Olympics, only to debut in the EurAsia Cup two years later! 

Selangor

31 y/o

SWIMMING | 

women’s 100M Breaststroke  

Tan Rouxin

Happy feet! She started swimming from the tender age of six. 

Achievement

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Swimming through grief. She never stopped training hard despite losing her mother and won her first gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2022 SUKMA games. Crowned the Best Sportswoman of the 2022 SUKMA Games! 

Johor

18 y/o

SWIMMING | MEN’S 400M FREESTYLE 

Khiew Hoe Yean

Found his calling in swimming at the age of 7, competed in international events at the age of 12 and joined the Malaysian national team at the age of 17!

Achievement

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He broke the national record in the 400m freestyle event at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships. Scored Malaysia’s first swimming gold medal in the 200m freestyle event at the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam! Then he did it again in 2023 - defending his coveted title.

Kuala Lumpur

22y/o

UNITED SOULS, STRONGER GOALS

UNITED SOULS, STRONGER GOALS