Chinese pair slightly ahead in decisive rubber

  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Aug 2016

PETALING JAYA: National badminton men's doubles pair Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong will have to come back from behind to defeat China's Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the rubber set of their gold medal match in the Rio Olympics.

Fu and Zhang have currently established a 11-8 point lead.

Despite an impressive display of badminton from Fu and Zhang in the early stages of the match, Goh and Tan had fought hard to maintain a narrow gap between the two teams.

The game is now tied at 21-16,11-21.

Earlier, the Chinese pair were quick to establish a strong lead at the beginning of the first set but the Malaysians fought back to take the lead at the break 11-8.

Goh and Tan continued to maintain a strong lead after the break to eventually win the set 21-16.

In the second set, the Chinese duo had an optimistic start with a 11-4 lead at the break after a powerful display of strength and agility against the Malaysians.

Fu and Zhang hardly gave much room to the Malaysians to make an impression after the interval and they continued to build upon their lead to eventually win the set.

The pair, currently ranked 12th in the world, reached the final after defeating Chinese duo 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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