PETALING JAYA: Keep your chin up and look forward to the future. We are proud of you!
These were the words of encouragement conveyed by Prime Minister Najib Razak in support of Malaysian national shooter Jonathan Wong Guanjie after the latter failed to qualify for the finals of the men’s 50m air pistol event in the Rio Olympic Games.
Wong, 24 failed to make the cut after scoring 535 points, 21 points short of China’s Wang Zhi Wei, who was the last to qualify with 556 points.
Ranking 37 out of 42 shooters, Wong took to Twitter to apologise to Malaysians, saying that he had tried his best.
“So I’ve ended my matches in the Olympic Games. Sorry for the disappointment. I’ve tried my best. Still thanks everyone who supported me,” said Wong.
Malaysians responded on Twitter to show their support for Wong, expressing gratitude for doing the country proud.
“Keep your chin up and look forward to the future. Don’t be discouraged. It was a good performance and we are proud of you!” PM Najib tweeted.
Several citizens also encouraged Wong to continue working hard for the next Olympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo in 2020.
“Still a champion and making Malaysia proud!!! Keep waving that flag for #Tokyo2020” Twitter user Tania Lee said.
“Being an Olympian is the best achievement. No worries. Strive for next #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020” said Diatie Zaidi, another Twitter user.
On Sunday, Wong also failed to qualify for the finals of the 10m air pistol event.
He ranked 28 out of 46 shooters with 574 points, six short of the 580-point qualifying mark.