PETALING JAYA: Bruni Garip-Anthony Linggian went through great hardship to deliver a sole medal for Malaysia in the World Senior Championships with a bronze in the men’s doubles.
The Sabahans, who along with four others funded their own trip, stretched top seeds Peter Emptage-Rob Ridder of England before losing 21-19, 9-21, 11-21 in the semi-finals of the 65-69 age category in Huelva, Spain, yesterday.
Losing semi-finalists in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) event are assured of bronze.
Earlier, Bruni failed to defend his singles title after losing 14-21, 21-14, 9-21 to Denmark’s Jesper Helledie in the quarter-finals.
Malaysia’s other representatives – Chan Wan Seong, Tiong Ung Chiong, Johnny Yong and Chin Kon Leong – had lost in the early round of their respective matches.
Meanwhile, two-time World Championships bronze medallists Wan Seong was visibly disappointed.
He lost both the singles and doubles with Indonesian partner Arnold Dendeng.
“It’s a wretched tournament and we were affected by bad luck! My partner and I lost to an Indian pair, who we could have easily beaten. Arnold has cataract in his left eye and that gave him problems,” said Wan Seong, who came third in 2015 and 2017.
“Due to his impaired vision, he missed a lot of shots.”
Wan Seong hoped that in future the seniors would receive funding and not be neglected.
“We’ve played in many BWF senior level tournaments for the last 10-15 years but all on our own expenses. We’ve won medals but we don’t get financial assistance from the government, national body or corporate sponsors, unlike the elite, juniors and para athletes,” he said.
“We are driven by passion even at our age. Hopefully, we will be supported in the future.
“Also, it’s a real shame to see a strong badminton nation like Malaysia only represented by six players when India, Japan, Denmark, England, France, etc have more than 50 players as they have support from their respective nations.”
First round: Tiong Ung Chiong lost to Urs Meier (Swi) 19-21, 21-14, 17-21.
First round: Chan Wan Seong bt Sharad Mahajan (Ind) 21-15, 21-13.
Second round: Wan Seong lost to Tariq Farooq (Aus) 15-21, 20-22; Bruni Garip bt Guy Laplasse (Fra) 21-8, 21-5
Third round: Bruni bt Santiago Freire (Spa) 21-4, 21-8.
Quarter-finals: Bruni lost to Jesper Helledie (Den) 14-21, 21-14, 9-21.
Second round: Chan Wan Seong-Arnold Dendeng (Mas-Ina) lost to A. Shashidran-Bantwal Sunil Pai (Ind) 14-21, 18-21.
Second round: Bruni Garip-Anthony Linggian bt Luis Garcia-Miguel Angel Gomez (Spa) 21-13, 21-12.
Quarter-finals: Bruni-Anthony bt Dietmar Hiechler-Robert Ziller (Ger) 21-11, 21-13.
Semi-finals: Bruni-Anthony lost to Peter Emptage-Rob Ridder (Eng) 21-19, 9-21, 11-21.
Group D: Johnny Yong-Chin Kon Leong lost to Peter Honnen-Claus-Peter Lienig (Ger) 17-21, 21-13, 20-22; Johnny-Kon Leong bt Pierre Leguet-Jacques Lelievre (Fra) 21-8, 21-1; Johnny-Kon Leong lost to Edward Hayes-Abdul Malique (Eng) 13-21, 13-21.