Malaysia has yet to win a gold in the Olympics but not all hope is lost in Rio as Malaysians pray that tomorrow’s badminton men’s doubles final will be the moment when the country finally clinches that elusive first gold.
KUALA LUMPUR – August 18, 2016: Hopes are high among Malaysians for shuttlers Goh V. Shem and Tan Wee Kiong to win the country’s first Olympics gold medal in tomorrow’s men’s doubles finals.
Prayers and well-wishes imploring for the pair to “Go for Gold” have been pouring into social media after the mixed doubles pair of Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon only managed to win a silver last night.
V. Shem and Tan advanced to the final after beating China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei two days ago.
That victory makes the pair the first to make to the end since Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock won a silver at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
“Go for Gold. The whole country is rooting for you guys,” cheered Rachel Wong on Facebook.
“Our mixed pair was very nervous last night,” wrote Tan Khai Beng, “They were not prepared for this mentally, coupled with the enormous pressure placed on them to deliver the first gold medal.
“However I strongly believe our men’s singles and doubles pair will deliver the gold.”
“We’ve been waiting for more than 24 years to get to this stage. Go forward guys, give the country its first Olympic gold medal,” Ak Mal wrote.
“Come Malaysians. Let us all pray that out athletes will make the country proud tomorrow,” wrote Reduan Abd Lau.
“These two (V. Shem and Tan) are probably the best pair we’ve had so far,” Hasriq Aiman wrote.
“Tan Wee Kiong has excellent reflexes and speed that will be our key to victory. Thanks for playing for the country guys. Now make us proud and get the gold medal,” he added.
Many also say that winning an Olympic gold medal would mean so much to all Malaysians, given the Merdeka celebrations on August 31.
“Over 28 million Malaysians, including me, am waiting for the country’s first Olympic gold medal. Merdeka day (Independence day) is just around the corner, please do your best to win it,” Erika Syazana implored.
“It would be really great for us if we could get a gold medal in this Merdeka season. Go guys go!” Saravanan Ayavoo wrote.
V. Shem and Tan made it clear two days ago that they have every intention of winning the title.
“We have secured a medal but that is not enough. We are going for gold,” V. Shem said.
The duo, ranked 13th in the world, will meet China’s Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan who are ranked fourth. In their pool game, the Malaysians got the better of the Chinese.