The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games are fast approaching, and our Malaysian athletes are bringing their best to the international meet
If you are already excited, you should watch out for these Malaysian athletes that have earned a spot to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo:
1. Nur Dhabitah Sabri (Diving)
The 20-year-old clinched two gold medals at the 2019 Asian Diving Cup on 8 September in the individual women's three-metre springboard and mixed three-metre springboard event with fellow diver, Muhd Syafiq Puteh.
With the win, Dhabitah has qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the women's three-metre springboard individual event, reported The Malaysian Reserve.
Currently, her next target is to make the Olympic cut for the springboard synchronised event with Ng Yan Yee at next year's FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo.
2. Ng Yan Yee (Diving)
In July, the 26-year-old, also fondly known as Wendy, qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games after she reached the women's three-metre springboard final at the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea, as reported by The Star.
She competed in the same event at the two previous Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and London, UK.
3. Pandelela Rinong (Diving)
According to New Straits Times, the 26-year old Sarawakian qualified for next year's Olympics by reaching the finals of the women's 10-metre platform at the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea back in July.
Pandelela will be competing in the women's 10-metre platform as well as the women's 10-metre synchronised platform with Leong Mun Yee.
Previously, Pandelela and her partner Cheong Jun Hoong bagged a silver medal in the women's 10-metre platform synchronised diving event at the 2016 Olympic Games.
4. Leong Mun Yee (Diving)
Leong qualified for the 2020 Olympics by coming in second place with Pandelela in the women's 10-metre synchronised platform event at the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.
However, according to The Star, the 34-year old will have to wait until next year to learn if she can become the first Malaysian to make a fifth Olympic appearance.
The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) is keeping their options open and are continuing to assess the performance of the other members as they want the "best and strongest" pair to represent the nation next year.
5. Khairul Anuar Mohamad (Archery)
According to Stadium Astro, Khairul secured his place in the Games by entering the men's recurve individual final at the 2019 World Archery Championships in Hertogenbosch, Holland in June.
Despite losing to world number three Brady Ellison, Khairul became the first Malaysian to win a medal at the Archery World Championships.
6. Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy (Sailing)
7. Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif (Sailing)
We remember her as Malaysia's first woman to compete in sailing at the Olympics in 2016.
So, this will be the second Olympic Games for the 21-year-old after she qualified by grabbing the bronze medal in the women's laser radial event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
8. Farah Ann Hadi (Gymnastics)
Farah booked a spot in the women's individual all-around and apparatus events in Tokyo when she finished 16th out of 20 at the World Championships in Germany on 5 October.
According to New Straits Times, the 25-year-old became the first Malaysian woman artistic gymnast to qualify for the Olympics after 20 years.
9. and 10. Nuraisyah Jamil and Juni Karimah Noor Jamilah (Sailing)
The duo qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after finishing fifth in the international women's 470 event at the Asian Championships in Shenzhen on 21 December last year.
New Straits Times reported that 24-year-old Nuraisyah and 18-year-old Juni have become the first Malaysians to qualify for the Olympics in this event.
11. Azizulhasni Awang (Cycling)
The 32-year-old won a bronze medal at the Berlin World Championships on 27 February 2020, earning himself a spot in this year's Olympic games.
It was his first competition since winning gold in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2017, having suffered from injuries during a crash last year.
But it seems the cyclist is on the right path to maintain his bronze medal in the men's keirin event.
Expect more Malaysian athletes to qualify for the Olympics, as the qualification process only wraps up by the end of May 2020
At the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Malaysia was able to secure a bronze medal and four silver medals. We have yet to nab a gold.
Maybe next year will be the year!