INCHEON – Squash contributed three medals – a gold, a silver and a bronze – medal on the fourth day of action in the Incheon Asian Games, South Korea.
Datuk Nicol David contributed the gold medal after winning the women’s individual final, beating fellow countrywoman Low Wee Wern 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 at the Yeorumul Squash Courts.
Ong Beng Hee who saw action in the men’s individual semifinals, added a bronze medal after losing his match.
Nicol, the darling of Malaysian sports and the world number one, added to her impressive collection of gold medals in the Asian Games after having won in the 1998 edition in Bangkok, Thailand, Doha, Qatar in 2006 and Guangzhou, China in 2010.
The second gold medal won yesterday saw Malaysia move up the overall medal tally to seventh spot with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
Defending overall champion China continued its dominance by opening up a huge gap over the chasing pack after having collected 40 gold, 21 silver, 20 bronze while host South Korea with 18 gold, 19 silver and 21 bronze remained in second spot.
Japan are third with 16 gold, 22 silver and 22 bronze medals.
Malaysia’s quest for medals will continue tomorrow when tracks cyclists Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and Fatehah Mustapa compete in the men’s and women’s Sprint events.
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who witnessed the women’s squash final between Nicol and Wee Wern, said Malaysia’s medal target was on the right track since wushu and squash had lived up to the pre-games expectation.
Malaysia’s target for the Asian Games is eight gold medals. – Bernama