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Darren Chan has been training hard and hopes to make an impact with the boys team.
PETALING JAYA: Darren Chan is eager to make up for lost time in the squash team event of the Asian Youth Games (AYG), which began in Nanjing, China, Tuesday.
The 17-year-old Darren, of Pahang, was not allowed to compete in the individual event as each country is only allowed two players. Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Ng Eain Yow won a silver and bronze respectively for Malaysia.
And the pint-sized Darren is hoping to play a major role as Malaysia look to seize the boys’ team gold.
They got off to a flying start by whipping Indonesia 3-0 in Group B, with Darren beating Indonesian No. 3 Rizal Mohammad 11-2, 11-7, 11-1 in 17 minutes.
“I’ve been training hard for the past month in Bukit Jalil with Syafiq and Eain Yow after taking time off from school,” said Darren.
“This is the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) year, which is important ... but doing well in the AYG is just as important for me.
“I think my main weakness is that I lack stamina and speed but I’ve improved on them since training at Bukit Jalil and I’m ready to do my part to bring back the team gold.”
The Malaysian girls, powered by individual gold medallist Vanessa Raj, took just 40 minutes to crush China 3-0 Group A.
Group A: India bt China 3-0. Jordan bt Pakistan 2-1.
Group B: Kuwait bt Thailand 3-0, Hong Kong bt Japan 3-0, Malaysia bt Indonesia 3-0 (Ng Eain Yow bt Wilant Agung 11-5, 11-7, 11-3; Mohd Syafiq Kamal bt Tastaftyan Muhammad Nur 11-7, 11-8, 11-7; Darren Chan bt Rizal Muhammad 11-2, 11-7, 11-1).
Group A: Japan bt China 3-0, Malaysia bt China 3-0 (Rachel Arnold bt Zhou Libo 11-1, 11-1, 11-2; Vanessa Raj bt Duan Siyu 11-2, 11-1, 11-2; Celine Yeap bt He Xinru 11-0, 11-1, 11-0).
Group B: India bt Indonesia 3-0.
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