Thursday, October 14, 2010

Datuk Lee Chong Wei wins men's singles gold

World No. 1 Lee wins men's singles gold

NEW DELHI (AP) - Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei won the men's singles gold in badminton at the Commonwealth Games, defeating England's Rajiv Ousep 21-10, 21-8 Thursday to defend the title he won at the last games in Melbourne.
In a controversy marred women's doubles final, India's Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Machimanda beat Sari Shinta Mulia and Yao Lei of Singapore 21-16, 21-19. Yao responded to the loss by smashing her racket on the ground and kicking the mangled remains out of the court.
Ouseph, ranked 16th in the world, was no match for Lee, who wrapped up the match in less than a half hour. He is the first player in the history of Commonwealth Games to win back-to-back men's singles titles.
"There was no competition," said Lee, who is still undergoing treatment for a back injury suffered at the world championships.
"Although I am No. 1 in the world, I couldn't have missed the games because the country needed the medal," added Lee, who will take a two day break before starting preparations for the Asian Games in November.
Lee's victory was cheered by the Indian spectators who did not want England to win any more medals so that India could finish second in the medals tally at the games.
England and India were about level on the last day in terms of gold medals. India's aim ahead of the games was to finish second in the standings, replacing the English.
The controversy in the women's doubles match occurred in the second game when Gutta served with scores level on 18-18.
The Singaporeans claimed that Sari, who was the receiver had held up her hand to signal that she was not ready.
But Gutta went ahead and served an arched lob that fell behind Sari. Chair umpire Ian Spear awarded the point to India despite vociferous protests by the Singaporeans.
The Singaporeans leveled the scores again to 19-19 but the Indians won two straight points to take match.
Gutta claimed Sari had lowered her hand just before she served.
"The umpire was pretty fair. I saw her (Sari's) hand going down and that's why I served," she said. After winning, Gutta broke down in tears.
She said the winning strategy was simple - Machinda, one of the hardest smashers of the shuttle cock in women's badminton would attack and Gutta would play at the net.
The returns from the Singaporeans were "coming right at me and I could finish it easily," she said. "It is unbelievable.
It (the gold medal) was long pending for me. It is rarely that I cry. I am very lucky to have Ashwini as my partner," she said.
The two players are friends off the court and share a passion for shopping and movies, she said.
Malaysia won the mixed doubles gold with Koo Kien Keat and Chin Ee Hui defeating Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork of England 22-20, 21-12, much to the delight of the Indian crowd.
England lost another chance to win a gold when the Malaysian men's doubles pair of Koo and Tan Boon Heong defeated Andrew Clark and Robertson 21-19, 21-14.
The victory gave Malaysia a record 11 golds, beating its previous best games performance of 10 golds when it hosted the 1998 edition at Kuala Lumpur.
Oh great, well done Malaysia squad. You are the best, let's shout Malaysia Boleh~!! I am gonna watch Commonwealth closing ceremony tonight =)
News article adapted from thestar.


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1 comment:

Celeste said...

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