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[PHOTOS] Meet The 18 Malaysian Athletes Who Have Qualified For Paris Olympics 2024

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With just two months remaining before the Paris 2024 Olympics, 18 Malaysian athletes in eight sports have qualified for the upcoming Olympic Games

Out of the 18 athletes, 10 are male and eight are female.

The National Sports Council (NSC) aims to send at least 30 athletes to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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So, let's meet all 18 of them, shall we?

Archery - Women's Individual: Ariana Nur Dania

At 18 years old, Ariana Nur Diana became the fourth Malaysian to qualify for the Paris Olympics, after securing victory at the Asian Continental Qualifier against Uzbekistan's Ziyodakhon Abdusattorova in November 2023.

Setting a new national record with an impressive score of 337 points, her performance solidified her status as a rising star in Malaysian archery.

Athletics - Men's 100m: Muhd Azeem Fahmi

This 19-year-old speed demon holds the Malaysian 100m outdoor record with a time of 10.09 seconds, achieved when he competed at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Badminton - Men's Individual: Lee Zii Jia

The Paris Olympics will mark his second Olympic appearance after his debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Badminton - Women's Individual: Goh Jin Wei

The 24-year-old, who is Malaysia's sole representative in the women's singles, will be making her first-ever appearance at the Olympics this July. The athlete previously made Malaysian history by clinching Malaysia's first gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Bueno Aires, Argentina.

Badminton - Women's Doubles: Pearly Tan & Thinaah Muralitharan

Also making their debut at the Olympics this year, badminton duo Pearly and Thinaah will be the sole representatives for Malaysia in the women's doubles event. 

The pair had impressed the nation with their dynamic attacking play and went on to win gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and the French Open title in 2022.

Badminton - Men's Doubles: Aaron Chia & Soh Wooi Yik

Aaron and Wooi Yik, who won the world title in 2022 and bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games, are Malaysia's top hope for winning the country's first-ever Olympics gold in Paris.

Badminton - Mixed Doubles: Chen Tang Jie & Toh Ee Wei

Currently ranked world No.9 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) ranking list, Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei are set to make their debut at the Olympics in the mixed doubles event.

Cycling - Men's sprint & keirin: Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom

He earned the affectionate nickname, The Terminator Shah, after being praised for his determination to complete his keirin semifinal race at the 2023 Asian Track Cycling despite taking a rough tumble on the tracks.

Cycling - Men's sprint & keirin: Azizulhasni Awang

Standing at 1.68m tall, Azizulhasni has been lauded for his sprinting prowess, earning him the nickname, The Pocket Rocketman. With his fifth appearance at the upcoming Paris Olympics, the athlete has set the record for the most Olympic appearances by any Malaysian male athlete.

Cycling - Women's sprint & keirin: Nurul Izzah Mohd Asri

The 20-year-old cyclist has been compared to Azizulhasni and given the nickname "The Pocket Rocketwoman". She secured two gold medals at the 2024 Asian Track Cycling Championships in New Delhi, winning in both the keirin and the 500m time trial events.

Cycling - Women's road race: Nur Aisyah Mohamad Zubir

A three-time national champion in Malaysia's Women's Road Race competition, Aisyah is the country's first female cyclist to to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics in the road race category.

Diving - Men's 10m Platform: Bertrand Rhodict Lises

Hailing from Kuching, Sarawak, the 18-year-old secured a coveted spot in the men's 10-metre platform individual event at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka. He impressed judges with a total score of 420.70 after finishing 10th in the semi-finals.

Sailing - Men's ILCA 7: Khairulnizam Afendy

Having made his Olympic debut at the age of 19, the 30-year-old Kedah-born sailor has earned his fourth consecutive appearance at the Olympic Games. He is the second Malaysian sailor to compete in four Olympics, the first being Dr Kevin Lim.

Sailing - Women's ILCA 6: Nur Shazrin Mohamad

In 2022, the 27-year-old Johorean etched her name in the Malaysian sports record, securing the gold medal in the women's ILCA 6 event at the Asian Games, becoming the first Malaysian to achieve this feat.

Shooting - Men's Pistol event: Johnathan Wong Guanjie

In October 2023, he became the third Malaysian athlete to secure a place in the Paris Olympics, after finishing fourth in the Men's 10m Air Pistol event at the 15th Asian Shooting Championships in Changwon, South Korea.

Weightlifting - Men's (61kg): Mohamad Aniq Kasdan

The 21-year-old weightlifter is currently ranked 10th in the world and recently smashed his own national record of 291kg when he competed at the International Weightlifting Championships in Qatar in December 2023, lifting a total weight of 296kg.

He also won Malaysia's first gold medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Congratulations to all qualifying athletes! All the best during the Olympics!

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