The Malaysian Contingent picked up four (4) medals on the fourth day of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, with two (2) historic silver medals and two (2) bronze medals as the highlight of the performance.
From the Xiaoshan Guali Sports Centre, Tan Cheong Min shed tears of joy with the silver medal in the Wushu Women’s Nanquan & Nandao All-Round event, which went a long way in making up for her disappointment of missing out on a medal in the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018.
It was also the first medal contributed from Wushu in the Asian Games since the gold medal won by Chai Fong Ying in the same event at the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010.
“I had waited five years for the opportunity to make amends for the mistakes I made in 2018. It was a similar performance today but I am fortunate to have a group of teammates who kept on reminding me to stay calm”,
“I cried for joy after my Nandao routine because I knew with an almost flawless display, there was no point deduction. I wish to thank the Wushu Federation of Malaysia (WFM), the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), the National Sports Council (NSC) and National Sports Institute (NSI) for providing us the necessary support” said Tan Cheong Min.
𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗗 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧 – 𝗘-𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗦
The day ended as the night falls on the China Hangzhou E-Sports Centre, with another silver medal from Chong Han Hui, Eng Jun Hao, Nicholas Ng Kai Shuan, Ong Jun Yang, Lai Chia Chien and Yong Zhan Quan who were outclassed by hosts China 2-0 in the final of Mind Sport – E-Sports Arena of Valor Asian Games Version.
In the gold-medal decider before a 4,500-capacity crowd, China who paraded Sun Linwei, Luo Siyuan, Chi Xiaoming, Xu Bicheng, Jiang Tao and Li Heng proved too good for the opponents as they bagged the historic gold for E-Sport, which is making its debut as a medal sport in the Asian Games.
The two (2) bronze medals came from the Cycling Track Team at Chun’An Jieshou Sports Centre Velodrome, through the trio of Muhammad Fadhil Mohd Zonis, Muhammad Riduan Sahrom and Umar Hasbullah in the Men’s Team Sprint event and Amira Rosidi, Nurul Aliana Syafika Azizan and Nurul Izzah Izzati Mohd Asri in the Women’s Team Sprint event.
The trio of Nurul Aliana, Nurul Izzah and Anis Amira did it in style, winning the bronze by setting a new national record of 49.025s after beating Taiwan in the bronze medal playoff.
This podium finish was special for the trio after missing out on a medal in two successive Asian Cycling Championships in New Delhi (2022) and Nilai (2023). It was also the nation’s first medal in Cycling Track.
This achievement also marked Malaysia’s first medal in women’s cycling since Fatehah Mustapa’s keirin silver at the 2014 Incheon edition.
Umar, Muhammad Fadhil and Mohd Ridwan achieved their target of winning a bronze when they clocked 44.165s to beat Taiwan, who finished in 44.276s.
In sailing, Muhammad Asnawi Iqbal Adam was placed third in Single Handed Boys ILCA 4 event, followed by another third placing from Tengku Nurani Ezaty Tengku Khairudeen in Women’s Windsurfing RS:X event at the Ningbo Xiangshan Sailing Centre. The medal ceremony for both events will only be held on Wednesday, 27th September 2023.
The OCM extends its gratitude to all athletes who had performed admirably in their respective competitions and congratulates all those athletes who had contributed medals for the Malaysian Contingent.