As the country continues its battle against Covid-19, Malaysians all over could really use some good news..
Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik delivered exactly that by claiming Malaysia’s first medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
The pair beat top seeds Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) 17-21, 21-17, 21-14 at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza this evening.
Through a nail-biting 50 minutes, Malaysians were at the edge of their seats as the two sides battled it out. It was a tense match for our bronze medalists, having lost to their Indonesian opponents, who are world champions, in the group stages.
Aaron and Wooi Yik’s win was awe-inspiring! Not just because they claimed a medal, but due to the sheer resilience that pushed them through all 3 sets. Despite losing the first, their clear shift in demeanour was noticeable – they had their eye on the prize.
With determination and unparalleled camaraderie, our heroes threw their all into the game. If one of them missed a shot, the other would gesture supportively. When they nailed a serve, the players would pat each other on the back proudly.
And that is exactly how they triumphed in the remaining sets!
Aaron and Wooi Yik reminded us of the Malaysian spirit tonight and they’ve made us proud in more ways than one.