ANNIE CHOONG

Sport: Athletics
Category: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2017

Annie Choong was born on 20th February 1934 and was a former national athlete who is now 83 years old. She was the first and only female athlete when Malaya made its Olympic debut in the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956, taking part in the 100m sprint, recording a time of 12.5 sec in her heat. She also represented Malaya in the Asian Games of 1954 in Manila, and in the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games.

Her favorite events were the 100m and long jump. She was the national record holder in the Long Jump in 1954, with a distance of 17 ft. 6 in (5.33m).  Choong had two coaches, Lim Thye Hee for the sprints and Lee Fun for the long jump. Both had been to the Olympics. Back then, when world-class facilities and infrastructure for sports in Malaysia were non-existent, the key to her success was obeying her coaches and training hard.