12 Great Malaysian Athletes
An asthmatic child beats her illness to become one of the fastest sprinters in Southeast Asia. A rusty, broken bicycle frame from under his house inspires a boy to become an Asian cycling champion. A four-year old girl who nearly drowns, overcomes her fear and rises to be one of the best swimmers in Southeast Asia.
WE WERE CHAMPIONS is the untold story behind the lives, victories and heartbreaks that shaped 12 Malaysian champions who ruled their sport in the 1960s to the 1990s, told through six half-hour episodes.
Episode 1 : SWIMMING
Nurul Huda &
Follow the rise of Nurul Huda Abdullah and Jeffrey Ong who dominated the pool in the 1980s and 1990s, hauling 49 international medals between them and taking their place among the best swimmers in Asia.
Episode 2 : Football
M. Kuppan &
Could we imagine Malaysia beating Japan, South Korea and China to book a place in the 1972 Olympic finals and then holding mighty West Germany to a scoreless first half in the opening match. Even becoming the third best in Asian football? Malaysian football legends Datuk Namat Abdullah and Datuk M. Kuppan recall an era that produced and transformed some of Malaysia's best footballers.
The hard days that I went through as an asthmatic, made me stronger. I don'thave any fears.
- Mumtaz Jaffar -
Episode 3 : ATHLETICS
Mumtaz Jaffar &
Sprinters Datuk Mumtaz Jaffar and G. Shanti reveal how they overcame personal and impossible odds to become the fastest women in Southeast Asia, and members of Malaysian relay teams that were among the best in Asia.
Episode 4 : HOCKEY
M. Mahendran &
Ow Soon Kooi
Driven by destiny and passion, National Sportsman Award winner M. Mahendran and national hockey captain Datuk Ow Soon Kooi became two of Malaysia's most outstanding players of the 1970s and 1980s, and helped the nation emerge as one of the best hockey teams in the world.
The ultimate is the Olympics. Marching into the stadium will give you goosebumps. That feeling money cannot buy.
- Ow Soon Kooi -
Episode 5 : CYCLING
Ng Joo Ngan &
Features 1970 Asian Games champions and National Sportsman Award winners Datuk Ng Joo Ngan and Daud Ibrahim who were among the pioneers who helped pave the way for Malaysia to win Olympic cycling medals in 2016 and 2020.
Episode 6 : BADMINATON
Sylvia Ng &
Rosalind Singha Ang
Chronicles the lives of two great Malaysian women badminton players of the 1960s and 1970s - Datuk Rosalind Singha Ang and Sylvia Ng. Both became champions in Asia and around the world, with some of their victories unmatched till today.
I tell myself that I'm going to win, I'm not going to lose.
- Sylvia Ng -
“There are many players in the game, but only a handful of champions.”
You have to give it that 100%, there's no such thing as 50%.
- Nurul Huda -
We thought about Malaysia, we wanted to play, we gave our best.
- M. Kuppan -
Everything comes from one's mindset.
- Daud Ibrahim -
Where it all started
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