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Wei Feng fired up to end Malaysia’s badminton jinx (pic)

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Published: 08 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: IT took 12 long hours to reach Naypyitaw but for men’s singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng it just did not matter.

He was just excited to be involved in his first SEA Games and is all pumped up in Myanmar.

In fact, the 26-year-old is on a mission and is he is determined to achieve just that – to end the country’s 12-year wait for a SEA Games gold in the men’s singles event.

Malaysia last tasted success at the 2001 SEA Games through Mohd Roslin Hashim but since then, Indonesia have dominated the scene in every series after that. Chong Wei Feng is determined to win the men's singles gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games.

Wei Feng said that it was time to seize the moment: “We left Kuala Lumpur at 4am (on Saturday) and transit in Bangkok. When we reached Naypyitaw, it was already getting dark.

“Today, we tested the competition venue (Wunna Theikdi Inddor Stadium C) but we did not let the tiredness get to us,” said Wei Feng.

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Randam bags Irish Open title, Chun Seang falls in Vietnam (pic)

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Published: 08 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttler Misbun Ramdan Misbun won his fourth title of the year after beating Germany’s Dieter Domke in the men’s singles final of the Carlton Irish Open in Dublin on Saturday.

The national champion, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in January to train under his father Misbun, did not put a foot wrong as he overcame the towering Domke 21-13, 21-18 in 33 minutes.Malaysia's Misbun Ramdan Misbun captured his fourth badminton title of the year after he won the Irish Open on Saturday

It is a boost for the 22-year-old as he is now going to improve on his current ranking of 48 in the world. He had earlier won the Portugese International, Forza Slovenia International and Hellas International in Greece.

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Chun Seang upsets Simon to reach final in Vietnam (pic)

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Published: 08 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former national player Tan Chun Seang stunned two-time SEA Games champion Simon Santoso of Indonesia to march into only his second final of the year at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix Gold in Ho Chi Minh City.

Second seed Chun Seang, who is coming out from a long bout of illness, battled for one hour and three minutes to beat 2009 and 2011 SEA Games champion Simon 21-13, 14-21, 21-18 in the semi-finals on Saturday.Tan Chun Seang battled for one hour and three minutes to beat 2009 and 2011 SEA Games champion Simon 21-13, 14-21, 21-18 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Simon, however, has not been selected for this year’s edition in Myanmar due to the lack of good results this year.

The 27-year-old Chun Seang, an independent player under the flagship of Apacs, will take on South Korean Son Wan-ho on Sunday.

The odds are stacked against Chun Seang but he is determined to give the Korean youngster a run for his money and keep alive his hopes of winning his second title this year.

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Chance for surprise gold (pic)

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Published: 06 December 2013
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INDONESIA have been dominating the Sea Games men's doubles since 2003 but outgoing national coach Paulus Firman believes this can be ended in Myanmar next month.

Paulus, who ends his 10-month tenure as the men's doubles coach this week, said Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra and Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Muhammad Ullinuha will find it hard to maintain Indonesia's domination as they are inconsistent.Goh V Shem (left) and Teo Kok Siang have a chance of winning gold at the Sea Games as Indonesia’s Agung Saputra and Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Muhammad Ullinuha have been inconsistent of late.

This, said Paulus, will give Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang and Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han a chance to battle for gold, which was last won by Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah in Vietnam in 2003.

In fact, Indonesia have been almost unbeatable since joining the Sea Games in 1977 where only Razif Sidek-Jalani Sidek in 1985 and Cheah Soon Kit-Yap Kim Hock (1995) made breakthroughs.

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Shuttler Iskandar wants to justify SEA Games selection (pic)

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Published: 06 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: After starting the year on a wrong footing, men’s singles back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is determined to end the season on a right note in Myanmar.

The 19-year-old Iskandar is hoping to come good in his first major tournament – the SEA Games badminton competition from Dec 10-14 in Naypyitaw – although he will be the one least expected to shine in the biennial Games. National singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is determined to make the best of his first major tournament at the Myanmar SEA Games starting Dec 10.

Iskandar, who was involved in a freak motorcycle accident in January that saw him ruled out of competition for 1½-month, will leave for Naypyitaw on Friday with his team-mates. The other men’s singles shuttler is Chong Wei Feng.

Iskandar is happy that he came out of the accident stronger and a more determined player.

“At the start of the year, after the accident, I was quite doubtful about my future as a badminton player. That’s why I cannot believe that I will now be making the trip to my first SEA Games,” said Iskandar.

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