The 2019 SEA Games has officially commenced and the whole country is excited! With nearly 800 athletes, Malaysia is sending its biggest ever delegation in a SEA Games hosted outside of the country! From badminton to diving, all the way to gymnastics, we can expect the medals to start flowing in as soon as today itself!
With that many athletes, it’s hard to focus on one. So check out some of the Malaysian athletes we’ll be watching that might take home the gold medal!
Muhammad Fauzi Kaman Shah, Sailing
A gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Games. The best in his category and sport. And only at the age of 17.
The gold medal in sailing is guaranteed to be Fauzi’s, barring some last-minute mishaps. He holds the record for the youngest medal winner at the 2015 SEA Games, where he won gold at the optimist event. He is definitely the one to watch!
Farah Ann, Gymnastics
At the age of just 25, Farah Ann has been making history in Gymnastics by qualifying herself to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. So far, the Subang Jaya native has over 9 medals; 4 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze under her belt. And she’s set to win more. Good luck Farah!
Royson Vincent, Athletics
A bronze at the 2017 SEA Games means gold in this year’s event?
That’s the target for Royson Vincent in the 800m and 1500m event. And he has a good chance too. In the Malaysian championship in August, he clocked a time of 1:50:56 for the 800m event, making him the fastest to do so in south-east Asia. Let’s see if 2nd time’s the charm.
Shalin Zulkifli, Bowling
“Age is nothing but a number” and no one proves that more than Shalin herself.
At 41, she’s still going strong, winning gold in the women’s singles event at the Asian Championship this October. And with 20 gold medals since her SEA Games debut in 1993, she has the chance to take the record for most gold medals by a Malaysian in the SEA Games, which is currently held by Nurul Huda Abdullah with 22 gold medals. Will we see a new record-holder?
Wendy Ng Yan Yee, Diving
A comeback story waiting to happen.
At 26, Wendy has already been to the Olympics twice, 2012 and 2016, and has won 3 gold SEA Games medals. Unfortunately, she was stripped of her fourth medal at the 2017 SEA Games after failing a drug screening.
Coming back from her 8-month break, she couldn’t contain her emotions, tearing up, after qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics next year. She’s back to reclaim her throne as the best female diver in South-East Asia.
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