KUALA LUMPUR: Following Malaysia’s commendable showing at the recently-concluded Rio Olympics, the country has shone yet again, this time at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s (ABU) Robocon 2016. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) emerged as champions in the Robotics Contest, defeating China’s Northeastern University in the finals held at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday. This is the first time UTM has won the title after 15 attempts. The runner-up honours were jointly shared by Japan’s University of Tokyo and Indonesia’s Electronic Engineering Polytechnic Institute of Surabaya. Robocon 2016, themed “Clean Energy Recharging the World”, saw the participation of 17 universities from 16 countries from the region including South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Thailand.