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Daren overcomes dubious line call to upset Hafiz (pic)

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Published: 28 May 2009
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KUANTAN: Even a dubious line call did not dampen the spirit of back-up shuttler Liew Daren to score a big upset in the Pahang Open men’s singles competition here yesterday.Daren disputing a decision by the line judge at the Pahang Open yesterday

Daren put up a gallant fight at the Pahang Sports Complex Indoor Stadium to beat second seed Mohd Hafiz Hashim 17-21, 21-14, 21-19 in 52 minutes to march into the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event. It was Daren’s first win over the former All-England champion.

 

Badminton coach Rexy's wife injured by snatch thief

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Published: 27 May 2009
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National badminton head coach Rexy Mainaky's wife suffered injuries when dragged by two snatch thieves in Ampang, last night.

Cheras police chief ACP Ahmad Amir Mohd Hashim said during the 11pm incident, Rexy and his wife Henny were walking to their car from a restaurant at Ampang City here when two assailants on a motorcycle tried to grab her hand beg.



He told Bernama that Rexy's wife was injured when she tussled with her assailant who tried to snatch her hand beg, causing her to be dragged and suffered minor injuries to her left arm.



Rexy, who displayed tremendous fighting spirit during his heydays as a doubles player, however, refused to be beaten by the assailants and jumped into his car and chased the suspects before knocking the motorcycle, causing the pillion rider to fall off.



Ahmad Amir said passers-by who saw the incident quickly apprehended the fallen suspect while his accomplice who was riding the motorcycle, fled the scene.


He added that the 33-year-old, suspect had six previous records for molest, drugs and Restricted Residence Act offences.



"He will be remanded for four days to facilitate investigation," said Ahmad Amir, adding that police were looking for his accomplice, aged 40.



Meanwhile, Henny received treatment at the Gleneagles Ampang.

 
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Chong Wei a match for Lin Dan

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Published: 27 May 2009
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THE fierce rivalry between World No 1 Lee Chong Wei and Olympic champion Lin Dan of China has been so intense that it is hard to see anyone else than the duo dominating the men's singles badminton scene for several more years.

Chong Wei, who used to lag behind Lin Dan a couple of years ago, has remarkably bridged the gap of late.


And the Malaysian even compared their rivalry to that of tennis aces Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer if Switzerland and this has actually boosted Chong Wei's hunger for success.


The fact that Lin Dan has lost some of his explosive performance since winning the Beijing Olympics has helped Chong Wei move up a notch especially in the confident manner he counters his great China rival.

 
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China's dominance: Good or bad for sport? (pic)

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Published: 27 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU, China (AFP) — Another tournament, another world crown for China.

Having won every title going at the world table tennis championships earlier this month, China -- as widely predicted -- wrapped up the Sudirman Cup world team badminton championships on Sunday in equally emphatic fashion.China's Lin Dan gestures to the spectators after defeating South Korea's Park Sung Hwan (not pictured)

That after Chinese athletes pocketed 51 gold medals at last year's Olympics to finish top of the medals table for the first time.

Outside China, players, coaches and fans agree that, as the Asian country grows richer, it is likely to increasingly dominate sports such as badminton and table tennis, in which it has traditionally been strong.

 

China beats 3-0 South Korea in badminton to win seventh Sudirman Cup

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Published: 27 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU, China — China beat South Korea 3-0 at badminton to win its seventh Sudirman Cup on Sunday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Zheng Bo and Yu Yang led the Chinese charge, rallying to beat Koreans Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung - both gold medallists at the Beijing Olympics - 18-21, 21-19, 21-16 in mixed doubles.

China's Lin Dan, who won gold in Beijing, defeated Park Sung-hwan 21-14, 21-18 in men's singles in the biennial competition.

The Chinese sealed the overall victory when Beijing silver medallists Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng beat Jung Jae-sung and Lee Young-dae 21-14, 17-21, 21-19 in men's doubles at the Guangzhou Gymnasium.

Indonesia and Malaysia took bronze.

Korea has won three titles in the event, named after Dick Sudirman, a former player and founder of the Badminton Association of Indonesia. China has only lost one of the last eight competitions.

 
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