Glasgow: After winning the gold medal in badminton mixed team event last week, Malaysia received two more golds in both men and women’s doubles badminton events on Sunday.
In women’s doubles final, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo’s resilience and determination eventually paid off as they saved five game points when the defending champion Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa was leading 20-16, and then 21-20 in the second set. The duo managed to come from behind to triumph 21-17, 23-21 in 41 minutes.
“This gold medal means so much to us and to our country, I lost to them in the last Commonwealth Games (with Chin Eei Hui), but we are the better pair today,” said Khe Wei.
“Oh my goodness! I still can’t believe we came from behind to defeat the defending champion. This is so wonderful!” said the excited Vivian.
“Khe Wei and I have constantly reminding ourselves to be more active and to stay focused during the match,” added Vivian.
Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo is also the reigning Sea Games women’s doubles champion.
Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem contributed Malaysia’s sixth gold medal of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after a thrilling three-set victory over Singaporean pair Danny Chrisnanta/Chayut Triyachart with 21-12, 12-21, 21-15.
Tan-Goh started the first set with their incredible firepower to take out their Singaporean opponent 21-12 in just 11 minutes. However, they appeared to lose steam allowing Danny Chrisnanta/Chayut Triyachart to force a decider.
The Malaysian pair swiftly regained their composure and concentration in the rubber game to close out the match in 48 minutes.
“We are very happy to add another gold medal to the country and more importantly maintain the tradition of winning,” said Wee Kiong after the match.
“We want to thank all the fans here (at the stadium) and also those back at home for their support. We were motivated by overwhelming support from them,” said V Shem.
The men’s doubles title has been in Malaysian hands since 1990 and the dynasty would continue to reign until the 2018 Gold Cost Commonwealth Games.