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Sunday, 14 August 2016 | MYT 10:38 PM

Waiting for our first gold sure is a test of patience

Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong gave Malaysia a high with a silver in the 10m platform synchro on Tuesday.

Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong gave Malaysia a high with a silver in the 10m platform synchro on Tuesday.

RIO DE JANEIRO: It's terrible. And agonising.

When is this waiting game going to end? The trouble is nobody knows.

Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong gave Malaysia a high with a silver in the 10m platform synchro on Tuesday. Since then, nothing is forthcoming. Not even close.

Is it going to be another Tuesday high? Cyclist Azizulhasni Awang will be going into action on that day, competing in the men’s keirin.

After that, it’s another four-day wait to see whether shuttler Lee Chong Wei will finally win his first Olympic gold in four attempts.

We can only look on in envy at our three Asean neighbours.

Thailand leads the way with a 2-1-1 haul, followed by Vietnam (1-1-0) and Singapore (1-0-0). Indonesia is also ahead of us with two silvers. Like Malaysia, the Philippines has one silver.

Of the four golds won by the Asean countries, Singapore’s is the most stunning of all. I would rate it as the shock of these Rio Games.

Nobody expected Joseph Schooling to deny swimming great Michael Phelps a 23rd gold in the men’s 100m butterfly on Friday. It was Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold.

And the 21-year-old Schooling even broke Phelps’ Olympic record with his time of 50.39.

Like Malaysia, Singapore also offers big money for a gold. Schooling will receive S$1mil (RM2.98mil) for his efforts.

Schooling’s victory was made in the US. He was sent to the US since the age of 14. He now studies at the University of Texas and is trained by Eddie Reese, the US Olympic head coach at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Personally, I would love to see a Malaysian winning a swimming or an athletics gold. Swimming and athletics are the glamour sports. Fans clamour for tickets for the finals of these two events at all the Olympics.

But I doubt I’ll see it in my lifetime.

No Malaysian has ever reached a final, let alone win a gold. The only Malaysian to reach the semi-finals was Alex Lim Keng Liat in the 100m backstroke at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Athletics? No, not one Malaysian has been involved in a final.

Meantime, don’t bite your nails waiting for the elusive gold.

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