The Malaysian Female Athletes You'll Want To Watch At The 2016 Olympics

Who run the world?

When it comes to sports, men typically dominate the headlines, but these women are holding their own and we couldn't be prouder to have them represent Malaysia!

1. Kelly Tan (Golf)

Aged 22, Kelly is the only Malaysian on the LPGA Tour.

Originally from Batu Pahat, this talented athlete started playing golf at the age of 12. By the time she was 20, Kelly had won the Malaysian Open three times!

You go gurrrrl...

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Ranked in the top 50 of the IGF's Olympic ranking for women, Kelly has represented Malaysia in huge events such as the SEA Games, Asian Games, and the World Amateur Championships.

Her top achievements include a bronze medal in the 2011 SEA Games, and two bronze medals in the 2009 SEA Games.

Support #KellyForGold by following her Olympic journey on Instagram and Facebook ;)

2. Tee Jing Yi (Badminton)

This 25-year-old Penangite made her international debut in 2005 and has been a shuttler for the national squad since 2009.

While her sporting ambition is to be the world number one player, Jing Yi adds that her favourite part about playing badminton is having the ability to meet people from all over the world and make new friends :)

Some of her highlights include bringing home the gold and bronze medals during the 2014 and 2011 Commonwealth Games respectively.

3. Goh Liu Ying (Badminton)

Hailing from Malacca, Liu Ying is a force to be reckoned with. Partnered with Chan Peng Soon in the mixed doubles, the duo reached a top ranking of world no 3 and participated in the 2012 Olympics in London.

Despite going through knee surgery in 2014, Liu Ying's spirit never wavered and she's ready to take on this year's Olympics in Rio!

Her achievements include three gold medals from the Asian Championships in 2010, the Commonwealth Games in 2010, and the Southeast Asian Games in 2009, to name but a few.

Show her your support and follow her on Instagram and Facebook!

4 & 5. Vivian Hoo Kah Mun & Woon Khe Wei (Badminton)

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Malaysia's top women's double pair have been ranked as high as number 11 in the world.

Vivian and Khe Wei both began playing the sport at the age of 10, and made their international debuts as teenagers.

Together they've racked up two gold medals (2014 Commonwealth Games and 2013 SEA Games), a silver (2010 SEA Games), and a bronze (2014 Asian Games.)

And what's their sporting ambition? To be Olympic medalists! YAAAAAAS!

Follow the ladies on their road to victory: check out Khe Wei's Facebook and Vivian's Facebook

6. Pandelela Rinong (Diving)

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This 23-year-old from Kampung Jugan, Sarawak is a huge K-Pop fan and loves the Japanese anime My Neighbor Totoro. ^_^

Known to her friends as Lela, this diver is known to the rest of us as the first female Malaysian athlete to win a medal at the Olympics, as well as the first to win an Olympic medal in any sport other than Badminton. Pandelela took the bronze in the 10m diving event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Her other top achievements include a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and two silver medals at the Youth Summer Olympics in 2010.

Check out Pandelela's Instagram and Facebook as she attempts a second Olympic medal!

7. Cheong Jun Hoong (Diving)

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Born in Perak, this 26-year-old has revealed that she actually has terrible vision and has to wear contact lenses while competing, even though the chlorine in the pool is bad for them :( Now that's determination to succeed!

Driven and ambitious, Jun Hoong has won three gold medals at the SEA Games, a silver and a bronze in the Asia Games, and three bronze medals in the Asian Swimming Championships.

While she started out with 10m platform diving, her coaches later encouraged her to switch to the springboard following injuries to her knees and back.

For more on Jun Hoong, follow her Instagram and Facebook.

8. Nur Dhabitah Sabri (Diving)

At only 17-years-old, Dhabitah is the youngest female athlete representing Malaysia at the Olympics. But don't let her age fool you into thinking she isn't a threat!

This Kuala Lumpur-born talent took home two gold medals at the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games, as well as a bronze during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Watch her behind-the-scenes at her Instagram and Facebook.

9. Ng Yan Yee (Diving)

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Yan Yee started out as a rhythmic gymnast. Her talent made her stand out and she was spotted by diving national coach, Yang Zhuliang, who believed her physical build was perfect for the sport. She began training at the age of 13.

Since then, Yan Yee (also known as Wendy), has won three gold medals and three silver medals at the SEA Games.

Get to know her by following her on Instagram!

10. Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif (Sailing)

Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif made history when she became the first Malaysian female sailor to officially qualify for the Olympic Games.

Shazrin, who grew up near the sea off Pasir Gudang in Johor, only seriously took up sailing two years ago! She bagged the silver medal in her debut at the Asian Sailing Championships last March. Owh yeah!

This 18-year-old picked up two gold medals for Malaysia at the SEA Games last year in the individual event and team event.

11. Michelle Koh (Golf)

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A former top amateur, Michelle turned pro in 2014 at the age of 23.

Her achievements include seven amateur wins and her first professional win at the 2015 CTBC Shanghai Ladies Classic (China LPGA Tour).

12. Heidi Gan (Long-Distance Swimming)

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By qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games, Heidi became the first Malaysian to represent the country in the open water marathon swim event at the Olympic Games. Woohoo!

Originally from Sarawak, Heidi is a multiple SEA Games medalist, Malaysian National Record Holder, SUKMA Gold Medalist, and Games Record Holder at indoor swimming. She made the move to open water swimming 6 years ago.

One year later she came in 1st place at the SEA Games in Indonesia in both the 5km and 10km swim!

Fun facts about Heidi, she has a degree in law and commerce from the University of Western Australia, and her favourite hobby is baking!

Get to know Heidi through her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

13. Fatehah Mustapa (Cycling)

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This Terengganu-born cyclist was first involved in athletics and badminton as a child. She decided to try something different and followed her interest in cycling... and has never looked back!

In January 2014, Fatehah made history by becoming the first Malaysian female cyclist to win a UCI World Cup medal when she won silver in the keirin. Later that year she was chosen to be the Malaysian flag bearer during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Represent, gurrrrl!

Her outstanding medal record includes 1 gold, 5 silver, and 7 bronze medals in the Asian Championships, 1 silver medal in the Asian Games, plus 3 gold and 3 bronze medals in the SEA Games from 2007 until now.

Follow Fatehah on Twitter and Instagram!

Wishing our amazing athletes all the best in the Summer Olympics!

A total of 32 Malaysian athletes will be representing the nation during the Rio Games, which will be held from the 5th - 21st August.

We stand to win medals in ten sports: archery, athletics, badminton, cycling, diving, golf, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting.

Owh yeah, Malaysia boleh!

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