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Liu Ying with Peng Soon on the podium in Rio de Janeiro. — Reuters picLiu Ying with Peng Soon on the podium in Rio de Janeiro. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — For Malaysia’s Olympic silver medallist shuttler Goh Liu Ying, the Rio Olympic has turned her distant dream to win a medal and her fantasy to stand at the Olympic podium into a reality, and makes her proud for the rest of life.

“The moment I was standing on the podium and watching the (Malaysian) flag raised, tears were in my eyes. This kind of picture I have only been dreaming, but dare not... there are too many competitors above us,” she said in her Facebook.

She wrote: “Did I really win? Is it a dream?” after winning the first medal for the country’s Olympic badminton mixed doubles category.

Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon lost to the world number three pair from Indonesia, Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, 14-21, 12-21.

 Describing herself as not having an athletic physique, she said this had prevented her from completing the training set up by the coach.

She could only do half, and could not build up muscles like the other athletes.

Therefore, she said that the chances of her getting injured increased due to less muscle protection, and she could not over exert during training.

“I’ve undergone knee surgery two years ago, just to stand on the Olympic arena,” she said.

Touching on the pair’s loss against the Indonesian pair in the finals, Goh said: “We were not able to put up a good fight.” — Bernama 

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