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Thursday, August 26, 2004


Patiently, Awaiting d'First Athens 2004 Medal

::As the Athens Olympic 2004 finished its 10th day, some in Malaysia appears to have lost hope as far as getting a medal is concerned. Sin Chew Editorial's Desk had this to say ::
Just as athletes from more than 200 nations gather in Athens to pursue their Olympic golds, Malaysia's hopes are dashed less than 10 days after the opening, adding a sense of gloom over the Merdeka celebrations beginning August 17.

Malaysia's only hope for Olympics has been from badminton. Nevertheless, all our badminton players have lost and our contingent is expected to come home empty-handed this time.

The Sin Chew editor had pinned all his hopes on the badminton players and was ready to throw in the towel. The Editor has obviously forgotten that there are still Josiah Ng and Elaine Teo who are targetted to possibly deliver medal(s). One shouldn't give up hope so easily, Josiah according to his personal coach is "a tiger that will pounce and kill" and " will be the best [cyclist] Malaysia have ever produced."

Tonight, Josiah Ng is in action and he can be considered a potential medal prospect. Well the Madison is presently going on and we are all waiting for the Men Keirin Final to start. Yes, Josiah Ng (or as the announcer says Josiah Inch) of Malaysia is through to the final of the Keirin, Ng's pet event. He had earlier failed to make an impact in the Men Sprint event. Will Malaysia finally get her first Athens 2004 medal, whatever colour no matter? We will have the answer in the next few minutes.

Earlier on in Heat 2, Josiah was 5th and had to go into the repechage, in the latter he came 2nd and made it to the final round. Having achieved his personal target of being in the first 10 positions, the next target was to be in the first 3 in the final to get Malaysia's first medal. He has been quoted as saying " I will leave it to fate and let my feet do the talking."

Well, the final race of the Men Keirin is over, Josiah came out 5th of the 6 cyclists, his feet have spoken and Malaysia can now claim that we have the 5th best Keirin cyclist in the Olympic. But as for d'First Athens 2004 Medal, looks like Malaysia will still have to be patient and wait. Will Elaine Teo deliver? She has been reported in the press as wanting badly to win a gold to give her father and her family a better life. Lets wish her all the very best when she goes into action tomorrow in taekwondo and lets be patient and not give up hope yet. Remember we are in Malaysia Boleh and it is not over 'til the "cows come home" or is it "the fat lady sings". Goodnite.



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