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DRB-Hicom has promised free cars for Malaysian medallists at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with the local conglomerate dangling the carrot of a new Proton Perdana 2.0L for those who score a gold medal.

The company’s managing director and Proton chairman Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar said that apart from the D-segment sedan reserved for gold medal recipients, silver medallists will also win a Suprima S Turbo Premium, while those netting bronze medals are set to win an Iriz 1.6L Premium.

As DRB-Hicom and Proton have always carried the Malaysian flag in all that we do, this gesture is in line with our pride towards Jalur Gemilang,” he said. “We hope that this will provide further encouragement to our athletes to strive harder to make our beloved Malaysia proud especially at the highest level such as the Olympics.”

So far, those medallists include Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, who secured a silver medal in the mixed doubles badminton tournament, while Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong received another silver in the 10 m synchronised diving event. Azizulhasni Awang also bagged a bronze medal in the men’s keirin cycling event.

The nation’s hopes of snatching its first Olympic gold medal now rest on the badminton pair of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, who will go up against Chinese players Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the men’s doubles final tonight. National badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei is also in the running, and will also be in the spotlight tonight to take on China’s Lin Dan in the men’s singles semifinal.

Malaysia’s campaign in the 2016 Rio Olympics has already produced the biggest medal haul for the country, surpassing the 2012 London Olympics – which saw Lee Chong Wei earning a silver medal in men’s singles badminton and Pandelela Rinong scoring bronze in the 10 m individual diving event.