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Monday, 15 August 2016 | MYT 11:24 PM

Wee Kiong-V Shem stun Koreans to reach Olympic semis

Sheer joy. Wee Kiong (on the ground) and V Shem celebrate after reaching the Olympic Games semis. - AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star.

Sheer joy. Wee Kiong (on the ground) and V Shem celebrate after reaching the Olympic Games semis. - AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star.

RIO DE JANEIRO: Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong always do it the hard way against world No. 1 Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong.

On Monday, the Malaysians triumphed again in three games as they beat the South Koreans 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 to reach the men’s doubles semi-finals at the Rocentro Pavilion 4. It was only V Shem-Wee Kiong’s second win over the South Koreans in seven meetings.

Malaysian Men  Doubles Goh V Shem and Tan Wee celebrating after winning againts South Korea's Yoon Yeon Seong and Lee Yong Dae  in Quater final men's doubles  at Riocentro in Rio De Janiero.AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star (15/8/2016)
Wee Kiong-V Shem are making their first Olympic appearance. - AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star.

V Shem-Wee Kiong had scored their first-ever win over Yong-dae-Yeon-seong at the Sudirman Cup team event last year, scoring a dramatic 20-22, 21-14, 27-25. They lost all the other five matches in straight games.

V Shem-Wee Kiong will now meet China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei for a place in the final.

“Once we were in front in the second and third games, we kept on pushing. We are really happy because we played well.

“But we are not going to think too far ahead, just go one step at a time,” said V Shem.

Malaysian Men  Double Tan Wee celebrating after winning againts South Korea's Yoon Yeon Seong and Lee Yong Dae  in Quater final men's doubles  at Riocentro in Rio De Janiero.AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star (15/8/2016)
Former international Wong Choong Hann is one of the supporters in Rio. He is seen celebrating together with Tan Wee Kiong. - AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

Having won all their Group B matches, Wee Kiong-V Shem were brimming with confidence, but Yong-dae-Yeon-seong brought them down to earth by winning the first game.

The Malaysians were level at 15-15, but once the Koreans pushed up a gear there was no doubt who would win the game. And Yong-dae-Yeon-seong did it in 28 minutes.

In the second game, the Malaysians were always in front and the winners were never in doubt as they triumphed in 29 minutes.

Minister youth and  sports Khairy Jmaluddin celebrating after Malaysian Men  Double Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem awinning againts South Korea's Yoon Yeon Seong and Lee Yong Dae  in Quater final men's doubles  at Riocentro in Rio De Janiero.AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star (15/8/2016)
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (front), chef de mission Tan Sri Al-Amin Majid (first from left in the back row) and OCM president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar (behind Khairy) are among the supporters in Rio. - AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star.

With a small band of Malaysian fans chanting “Ole, Ole”, Wee Kiong-V Shem were all fired up in the rubber. Again, they were in front and went on to lead 20-16. But the Koreans closed the gap to 20-19.

Fortunately, the Malaysians found the mental strength to clinch the final point to proceed to the semi-finals in their first Olympic appearance.


RESULTS

Men’s singles

Third round: K. Srikanth (Ind) bt Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 21-19, 21-19; Son Wan-ho (Kor) bt Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) 23-21, 21-17; Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt Hu Yun (Hkg) 21-10, 21-13.

Men’s doubles

Quarter-finals: Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Kim Sa-rang-Kim Gi-jung (Kor) 11-21, 21-18, 24-22; Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) bt Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 21-13, 16-21, 21-16; Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge (Eng) bt Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) 21-19, 21-17; Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem (Mas) bt Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) 17-21, 21-18, 21-19.

Women’s doubles

Quarter-finals: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) 21-16, 18-21, 21-9; Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) bt Eefje Muskens-Selena Piek (Ned) 21-13, 20-22, 21-14; Tang Yuanting-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii (Ina) 21-11, 21-14; Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) bt Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) 28-26, 18-21, 21-15.


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