Wednesday, August 17, 2016

History Made by Southeast Asian Athletes at 2016 Rio Olympics

Record & History made by Southeast Asian Medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics
1. Joseph Isaac Schooling is the first Singaporean athlete to win Olympic Gold medal. He won Gold medal in the Men's 100m Butterfly event. Not only that, this 21-year old swimmer broke the Olympic record of 50.58s set by Michael Phelps of the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He registered a time of 50.39s erasing the 8-year Olympic old mark.

Joseph Issac School is the first Southeast Asian Olympian to win Gold medal in swimming. The last time a Southeast Asian won Olympic medal was at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics by Filipino swimmer Teofilo Yldefonzo.

2.  Xuan Vinh Hoang is the first Vietnamese athlete to win Olympic Gold medal. He won Gold medal in Shooting in Men's 10m Air Pistol. Xuan Vinh Hoang also made a historic record in Olympics. According to official website of Rio Olympics, Hoang registered a total points/score of 202.5, a new Olympic record.

Xuan Vinh Hoang is the first and only Southeast Asian Olympian who won medal in Olympiad for the sport of Shooting. 

At the Rio Olympics, he also won Silver medal in Men's 50m Pistol event to became the most bemedalled athlete from Southeast Asia with two.

3. Sukanya Srisurat of Thailand won Olympic Gold medal and set an Olympic record in Snatch category. She competed in the Women's 58kg weight event with a total lift of 240kg.
Her Snatch lift was 110kg (New Olympic Record) while her Clean & Jerk lift was 130kg. 

First in History by Southeast Asian Medalists for their Country
Aside from the above Olympic Record breakers and outstanding Gold medalists, here are the other 2016 Olympic medalists who set history for their own country.

1. Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines. Diaz is the first female Olympic medalist for the Philippines. She is also the first Filipino Olympian to win medal for the sport of Weightlifting. She won the Olympic Silver medal in the Women's 53kg event in Weightlifting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This is her third appearance in the Summer Olympics and she ended the 20-year Olympic medal drought of her nation.

2. Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand. Kruaithong is the first male athlete to win medal in the sport of Weightlifting for Thailand. He won the Olympic Bronze medal in the Men's 56kg category event. Unfortunately, his grandmother died while celebrating his victory in Rio Olympics.
This is his first Olympic appearance.

3. Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia is the first Southeast Asian Olympian to win Olympic medal in the sport of Cycling. And of course, he is the first Malaysian  athlete to win Olympic medal for the sport of Cycling. He won his Olympic Bronze medal in Men's Keirin event. 
He was a flag bearer for Malaysian team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. And he was coined as the "Pocket Rocket" because of his small stature.

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