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True to its word, Proton has gifted several cars to the Malaysian athletes who bagged medals at the recent 2016 Rio Olympics. The vehicles were presented at an appreciation ceremony at the national carmaker’s Centre of Excellence (COE) headquarters today.

The prizes have been changed slightly from what was previously announced. As the most successful Malaysian athlete at the Olympics with three silver medals, badminton superstar Datuk Lee Chong Wei received the range-topping Proton Perdana 2.4L, one up on the Perdana 2.0L initially offered to gold medallists.

Other silver medallists, including men’s doubles badminton players Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, mixed doubles players Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying and divers Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong get a Suprima S 1.6L Turbo Premium each as promised, while bronze medallist, keirin cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, will be handed the keys to a new Persona 1.6L Premium instead of the Iriz he was initially supposed to get.

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“In this auspicious month of Merdeka as well as in celebration of the forthcoming Malaysia Day, we are truly inspired by these Malaysians who fought for our glory at the recent Rio 2016 Olympics,” said Proton chairman Datuk Sri Syed Faisal Albar.

“In appreciation of their sacrifices for the country, we are extremely honoured to present the national cars to our athletes to celebrate their achievements at the highest level such as the Olympics. We hope that with the record achievement at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games recently, more talented Malaysians will be inspired to achieve greater heights and make our country proud.”