THE men’s singles and doubles badminton gold medals are for the taking but it is in the mixed doubles that the scratch pair of Koo Kien Keat-Chin Eei Hui are in a position to make a historic breakthrough for Malaysia today.
The vast experience of the duo in doubles play helped them overcome third seeded Singaporeans Triyachart Chayut-Yao Lei 19-21, 21-16, 21-18 in 65 minutes in the semi-final on Tuesday.
Top seeds Nathan Robertson-Jenny Wallwork of England prevented an all-Malaysian final by beating Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 19-21, 21-13, 23-21 and the established pair will start as the favourites.
Malaysia have yet to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in mixed doubles badminton, an event dominated by English pairs.
But doubles coach Rexy Mainaky, who was put on the end of the seat watching his charges battling it out in the semi-finals, hoped that Kien Keat-Eei Hui would claim a bonus gold for Malaysia.
“Kien Keat-Eei Hui have come through the crucial situation and they are now just one step away from winning the mixed doubles gold for the first time,” he said.
“It is the first time that they are play as a pair in competitions but they have been consistent,” he said.