SEA Games: Malaysia end 23-year wait for mixed doubles badminton gold


Chen Tang Jie (right) and Peck Yen Wei make it to the mixed doubles final. - AP

HANOI: Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei and Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See have assured a gold in the SEA Games badminton competition by making it an all-Malaysian affair in the mixed doubles final.

Tang Jie-Yen Wei and Pang Ron-Yee See upstaged Indonesian opponents in their respective semi-final matches on Saturday.

Fourth seeds and world No. 29 Tang Jie-Yen Wei served the biggest upset when they fought valiantly to beat top seeds Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas 20-22, 21-13, 21-18 in a 63-minute match.

It was their second win against the world No. 19 after having beaten them at the 2018 Taiwan Open.

Second seeds Pang Ron-Yee See were equally on fire as they knocked out third seeds Adnan Maulana-Mychelle Crhystine 18-21, 21-16, 21-17 in another semi-finals.

Malaysia last won the mixed doubles gold through Chew Choon Eng-Chor Hooi Yee at the 1999 SEA Games in Brunei.

Yee See was unable to make it a double joy when she went down in the women's doubles with Cheng Su Hui. They duo went down 16-21, 6-21 to Benyapa Aimsaard-Nuntakarn Aimsaard of Thailand in the semi-finals.

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