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Rio 2016: 7 Malaysian Olympians you need to follow on Instagram

The Rio Olympics started with a bang last Friday and we are rooting for team Malaysia. If you weren’t able to go to Rio yourself, worry not — these athletes got you covered on all the big events happening in the Olympic Village. Follow them on Instagram as they prep for the games and and document their greatest achievements. Follow these seven Malaysian Olympians to keep up with their Rio 2016 journeys.


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Lee Chong Wei, badminton – @leechongweiofficial

Silver medalist from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics,  Lee Chong Wei is an outstanding badminton player. He was the flagbearer for Malaysia at the opening ceremony in Rio, and is one of the few gold medal hopefuls for the country. His Instagram feed is sure to inspire you with images with world-class athletes to kick ass training sessions.

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Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli, womens athletics- @adeqpitcher

The athletics Olympian has been frequently  documenting her days in Rio with her fellow athletes. Her feed is inspirational and relatable for all sports enthusiasts. You can be sure that Zaidatul will be giving you the latest scoop from the Olympic village.



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Goh V Shem, badminton – @Vshem 

Winner of Malaysia open 2014, V Shem is a doubles event badminton player. He shares everything from training sessions to personal pictures with his family and loved ones.

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Fatehah Mustapa, cycling – @tehacycling 

London 2012 Olympics participant Fatehah is not a stranger to social media. Her feed consists of badass photos and GIFs from her cycling journeys that have us wanting to get on a bike, stat!

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Pandelela Rinong, diving – @pandelela

First Malaysian female athlete to win a medal at the olympics, Pandelela is one of the most successful divers in this country. Through her Instagram, she shares glimpses into her everyday life — from sporting events to her personal life, and she’s not holding back in Rio.

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Kelly Tan, golfer – @Kellytan33

Did someone say travel enthusiast? You are sure to get bitten by the travel bug after following professional golfer Kelly Tan on her adventures in Rio and around the world.


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Heidi Gan, swimmer – @heidigan1 

Dual Olympian and open water swimmer, Heidi Gan became the first Malaysian to compete in the open water marathon at the Olympic games in 2012. She is regarded as one of the most successful swimmers in Malaysia and we cannot wait to follow her adventures in Rio.

Image credits: www.instagram.com

Anita Bhagat

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