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Nova-Lilyana dedicate crown as National Day gift (pic)

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Published: 20 August 2007
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THE Indonesian mixed doubles pair of Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir presented their country with a happy belated 62nd National Day gift by beating hot favourites Zheng Bo-Gao Ling of China in straight games in the final at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

 

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Joy and despair: The Indonesian mixed doubles pair of Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir (top) celebrate after beating their fancied Chinese opponents Gao Ling and Zheng Bo (below).

 
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Olympic hopes dim after poor displays at world meet (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 August 2007
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THE best bets for Malaysia turned out to be the biggest flops in the World Championships, which ended at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. 

Expectations were high on Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who were seeded second in the men's singles and men's doubles events respectively. But they dished out dismal performances. 

And now, the chances to see Malaysia winning the first gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing next year do not look very promising. 

The world number three ranked Chong Wei, known for his prowess at home, chose the wrong time and place to show the bad side of his game. He was blown away 11-21, 9-21 by Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the third round.

 

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Surprise, surprise: Veterans Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah defied the odds to win a bronze for Malaysia while the challenges of the other contenders like Lee Chong Wei (below) fizzled out.

 

Kim Hock ready to meet BAM over Chong Wei’s outburst

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Published: 20 August 2007
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NATIONAL chief coach Yap Kim Hock is ready to meet the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president to find out what made national number one Lee Chong Wei take a swipe at him. 

“I am not letting this (Chong Wei’s revelation) affect me. I will take it all in my stride,” said Kim Hock yesterday.

 

Boon Heong blames his inconsistency for defeat

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Published: 20 August 2007
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THE dejected look said it all, as doubles player Tan Boon Heong sat hunched in one corner, slowly wiping the tears from his eyes.  

All he uttered at first was: “I want to say sorry to my partner Koo (Kien Keat).” 

Hopes were high on Kien Keat-Boon Heong to book a place in the semi-finals on Friday but crumbled under pressure and allowed Shuichi Sakamoto-Shintaro Ikeda of Japan to snatch a 21-13, 17-21, 25-23 win.

 

All’s well, say BWF

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Published: 20 August 2007
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THE Badminton World Federation (BWF) have refuted claims that their house, based in Malaysia, is in disorder. 

Yesterday, four of the top BWF officials – deputy president Datuk Punch Gunalan, chairman of international relation Roger Johansson and vice-presidents V.K. Verma and Robin Bryant – came out with guns blazing to explain the council’s motion of no-confidence vote against the president, Dr Kang Young-joong.

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Loud and clear: Some disgruntled fans holding up a banner urging Datuk Punch Gunalan to quit as BWF deputy president during the World Championships in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.
 

 

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