While others around them continued to flounder, it was left to national men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia, woman sailor Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif, and swimmer Phee Jinq En to save the day for Malaysia on Day Three of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Zii Jia’s smashing performance on his Olympic debut was like a breath of fresh air to the badminton camp, after the women’s doubles and mixed doubles pairs fell to their second straight defeat in their respective groups.
The 23-year-old Zii Jia was simply sublime, as he brushed aside Ukraine’s Artem Pochtarov 21-5, 21-11 in just 25 minutes in their opening Group M match at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza.
Sailor Nur Shazrin, meanwhile, performed admirably in the first two races of the women’s Laser Radial event at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Fujisawa, near here.
After two races, the 2018 Asian Games bronze medallist, finds herself in 11th spot out of 44 sailors with eight more races to go, including two on Monday (July 26).
It was a bittersweet moment for national swimmers Jinq En and Welson Sim Wee Sheng at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Jinq En can give herself a pat on the back, after finishing second in Heat Two of the women’s 100-metre (m) breaststroke event in 1:08.40 seconds (s), which also happens to be a new national record – eclipsing her own previous mark of 1:08.50s that she clocked en route to bagging the gold medal at the 2019 SEA Games in Manila, the Philippines.
Sadly, her time was still not fast enough for her to be placed among the top 16 swimmers to advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on Monday (July 26). The 23-year-old Jinq En ended up 29th out of 43 competitors in the overall ranking.
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