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malaysia

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Capital
Kuala Lumpur

Population
23,270,000

Independence
1957
National sports hero
Woo Choong Hann (badminton)

Watch out for
Leon Mun Yee (diving)

Malaysia picked up as many medals when they hosted the Games last time out as they had done collectively in 10 previous tries.

Their largest team on record of 240 athletes won a total of 36 medals, including 10 golds, to bring their total to 72 medals in their Games history.

Triumphing in seven sports, the 1998 Games was the first time they had taken gold in any discipline apart from badminton.

Did you know?
Malaysia did not let the lack of any shooters, or shooting clubs, on the island get in the way of their quest for medals in 1998.

Four years beforehand they hired a top Canadian shooting coach and plucked several sharp shooters out of the army for intensive training, resulting in three medals at the Games.

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