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Doubles delight for shuttlers

26 Mar 06 06:56

The final day of Badminton competition has been dominated by Malaysian shuttlers, with wins in the Women’s Doubles and an all-Malaysian Men’s Doubles Final, as England triumphed in the Mixed Doubles.

Top-seeded Chan Chong Ming and Koo Kien Keat of Malaysia stamped their dominance early in the gold match against compatriots Choong Tan Fook and Wong Choong Hann.

Targeting Choong in many of the rallies, Chan and Koo went to the change with a comfortable 11-7 lead and continued their dominance of the game winning it 21-13.

Realising it was now or never, Choong and Wong took the early lead in the second game and maintained their advantage until the top-seeded duo levelled the match at 13-13. The masterful pair, Chan and Koo, allowed their opposition only one more point as they powered away to a 21-13 21-14 win.

Malaysia’s golden day continued in the Women’s Doubles, despite fourth-seeded Jiang Yanmei and Li Yujia of Singapore looking sharp at the start of the match.

The Malaysian pair of Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pet Tty came back strongly, taking an 11-9 lead at the break, going on to win the first game 21-17.

The Singapore duo began to lose their positioning during the second game, giving Malaysia a slight advantage. Chin and Wong capitalised on this to seal the match with a 21-19 second game.

England took the remaining Doubles gold, as top seeds Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson tackled New Zealand in the Mixed Final.

Second-seeded Daniel Shirley and Sarah Runesten Petersen took an early lead, only to be edged out, 21-17, in the first game.

Both teams were making errors at the start of the second game, and shared lucky breaks when the shuttle clipped the net. England then assumed control, winning most points against the New Zealand serve.

Robertson finished the second game as he did the first, with an emphatic smash, England claiming the gold medal, 21-17, 21-10.


For all the final results, visit the Badminton Schedule and Results section of this Website.

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