World-Class Athletes – Malaysia’s Very Own

By Lim Lay Hsuan|21-06-2014 | 1 Min Read
Squash

Datuk Nicol Ann David was inducted into the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame as part of the World Squash Awards programme at the World Open Championship. She is currently ranked world No.1 in women’s squash.

Badminton

Ranked as world No. 1 in badminton, Datuk Lee Chong Wei is a source of inspiration for future Malaysian athletes wishing to make a mark on the world stage.

Diving

Diver Pandelela Rinong scored many firsts under her belt, including Malaysia’s first female flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics and the first female Olympic medalist for the country.

Waterski

Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah’s gold medal victory in the 2011 SEA Games made her the youngest gold medalist (she was only eight) in the history of the games. She has continually moved up in the world rankings in the waterboard and waterski sport.

Bodybuilding

Bodybuilder Sazali Samad clinched his 9th world title championships in 2013, beating other younger contenders. He is probably the most decorated bodybuilder Malaysia has ever produced.

Cycling

Professional track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang became the first Malaysian to win a medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Wushu

Malaysia’s most successful wushu exponent Chai Fong Ying is a three-time winner at the World Championships in the taiji discipline. She created history by becoming the first Malaysian woman exponent to win a gold at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.

Cricket

At the age of 15, former international cricketer Arul Suppiah became the youngest player to play for Malaysia. While playing for his club in England, he set a new world record in 2011 for the best bowling figures in Twenty20 cricket.

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