Goh Liu Ying wrote herself into the Malaysia Book Of Records (MBOR) for her achievement at the 2016 Rio Olympics that saw her and Chan Peng Soon bag a silver for Malaysia in the mixed doubles event.
Even though the pair failed to overcome Indonesian heavyweights Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir in that final, Goh-Chan’s achievement remained one of the country’s highlights at the world’s biggest sporting showcase.
For that, Goh received her award from the records book for the achievement of ‘First Medalist In Olympic Games (Female) on Saturday.
"Thank you for your contributions! All Malaysians are proud of being able to call you a fellow countryman and for bringing glory to our nation," said the MBOR.
In that ceremony, the 33-year-old, who retired after the Malaysia Open in January, also auctioned off her Tokyo Olympics jersey for RM6000, with the proceeds of the auction being donated to charity organisations.
After hanging up her racquet professionally, Goh launched her GLY 3v3 Badminton Tournament on Saturday, and was already looking forward to hosting more of the same event under her self-titled banner.
Goh also lent her support for her former mixed doubles team-mates, and said Malaysia can have two pairs at next year’s Paris Olympics.
“I believe we stand a good chance, and hopefully we are able to make history with two Malaysian pairs qualifying,” she said.
Malaysia currently has two pairs – Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing & Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai – in the top eight.
If both pairs can remain in the top eight until Olympic qualifying period ends next May, they will feature at Paris.