Country profile: Malaysia

Malaysia first participated in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964, although the former Federation of Malaya (now the states comprising West Malaysia) did send athletes to the 1956 and 1960 events previously.

Although the country has sent athletes to every Games since 1964 – aside from the US-boycotted 1980 even – Malaysia have only won six Olympic medals in its history – in badminton and diving – three silvers and three bronzes.

Current badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei is the winner of two of those silver medals, after the top seed in Rio de Janeiro lost in the finals of the men’s singles events in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Chong Wei is once again expected to lead Malaysia’s medal charge in Brazil, and the 33-year-old arguably constitutes the country’s best chance of a maiden gold medal.

Badminton aside, Malaysia will have competitors in track and field, cycling, diving, golf, shooting, swimming and weightlifting in Rio.

Athletes participating in Rio:

Archery: Haziq Kamaruddin, Khairul Anuar Mohamad, Mohd Akmal Nor Hasrin, Haziq Kamaruddin, Khairul Anuar Mohamad, Mohd Akmal Nor Hasrin
Athletics: Nauraj Singh Randhawa
Badminton: Lee Chong Wei, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Tee Jing Yi, Vivian Hoo Kah Mun, Woon Khe Wei, Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying
Cycling: Fatehah Mustapa, Azizulhasni Awang
Diving: Cheong Jun Hoong, Ng Yan Yee, Pandelela Rinong, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Cheong Jun Hoong, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Cheong Jun Hoong, Pandelela Rinong
Golf: Danny Chia, Gavin Green, Michelle Koh, Kelly Tan
Sailing: Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy, Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif
Shooting: Johnathan Wong
Swimming: Welson Sim, Heidi Gan, Phee Jinq En
Weightlifting: Mohd Hafifi Mansor

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