SINGAPORE – The national badminton squad added two gold medals to Malaysia’s tally at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore, through the men’s singles and women’s doubles events.
Men’s singles player Chong Wei Feng easily defeated team mate Mohammad Arif Abdul Latif in straight sets 21-8, 21-9 in the final here today while the women’s doubles pair Soong Fie Cho/Amelia Alicia Anscelly beat team mates Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei 21-18, 21-13 to win the second gold medal.
Wei Feng said he was very satisfied for being able to redeem himself from the disappointment two years ago in Myanmar, when he only played in the preliminary round.
The win also ended the country’s 14-year wait to win gold in the men’s singles event.
“I am very pleased to get the gold medal because it has been a long time since the men’s singles (candidate from Malaysia) last won a gold medal at the SEA Games.
“My performance has improved and I hope to continue my progress and qualify for the Olympics,” said Wei Feng.
For Amelia, the victory was a motivation to achieve greater success in the future.
“Indeed, we are satisfied because we beat the country’s main doubles pair. We are not number two (in the women’s doubles ranking). Winning the gold medal at the SEA Games is the most meaningful event for me.
“Good understanding and communication with Fie Choo today gave both of us a boost. We also played without pressure since we were the underdog,” said Amelia.
Meanwhile, the mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying had to settle for a silver medal after losing to Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto of Indonesia 21-18, 13-21, 23-25 in a keenly contested clash.
The badminton squad contributed two gold, four silver and two bronze medals in Singapore to help Malaysia stay in fourth place with 62 gold, 58 silver and 66 bronze medals. – BERNAMA