Goh-Tan win opening set

  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Aug 2016

PETALING JAYA: National badminton men's doubles pair Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong are off to a flying start after winning the opening set of their gold medal match in the Rio Olympics.

The set ended 21-16.

The Chinese pair of Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan were quick to establish a strong lead over but the Malaysians fought back to take the lead at 11-8.

Goh and Tan continued to maintain their lead after the break while showing off their impressive set of skills on the court.

Goh and Tan, currently ranked 12th in the world, reached the final after defeating Chinese pair Chai Biao-Hong Wei in the semi-final on Tuesday after a tense three-set match.

Fourth seed Fu-Zhang on the other hand reached the final after overpowering Britain's Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge 21-14, 21-18.

This is the second gold-medal match in badminton that Malaysia has played at the Rio Olympics after mixed-doubles pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying took home silver medals on Wednesday.

On Friday, national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei also qualified for the final of the men's singles competition after defeating China's Lin Dan.

Two-time silver medal winner Lee will face China's Chen Long for a chance at the gold medal on Saturday.

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