Rio de Janeiro: The fast and furious Malaysians Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong pulled off a huge upset after defeating Chinese duo of Chai Biao and Hong Wei to reach the men’s doubles final at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
Backed by Malaysian fans, the World No. 12th Goh/Tan took an 11-8 advantage before Chai/Hong leveled the score at 15-15 in the first set. Interestingly, three out of Goh/Tan’s first eleven points in the first set resulted from tumbling shuttlecocks over their tight net shots. The Malaysian pair then quickly pulled away to clinch the game.
Goh/Tan then went on to lose the second set. Despite some nervous moments in the decider, the Malaysian pair was able to cut down their mistakes to eventually win the decider.
Goh/Tan will play China’s 2012 Olympic champions Zhang Nan and Fu Haifeng in the final on Friday.
Fu Haifeng won the men’s doubles gold with Cai Yun four years ago, while Zhang clinched the mixed doubles title with Zhao Yunlei at London.
Fu/Zhang beat Britain’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge in the other men’s badminton doubles semi-final on Tuesday with a 21-14, 21-18 victory.
Friday’s final will be the second time these two pairs have crossed fire in Olympics. In the men’s doubles Group B match that was held last Saturday, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong fought back after losing their first set to beat the No. 4 seeds Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan 16-21, 21-15, 21-18 in 62 minutes.