Gold for shuttlers Arif-Vountus

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia prevented China from making a clean sweep of the badminton gold medals when they won the men’s doubles title in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney yesterday. 

The success came from Mohamed Arif-Vountus Indra Mawan, who defeated Li Tian-Chai Biao 17-21, 21-16, 21-12. Malaysia settled for the silvers in the other four events. 

In the men’s singles final, Mohamed Arif was beaten 14-21, 23-21, 12-21 by Chen Long while Lydia Cheah fell to a 12-21, 11-21 defeat by Liu Jie in the women’s final. 

In the mixed doubles, Tan Wee Kiong-Woon Khe Wei were beaten 17-21, 21-11, 17-21 by Wang Xiao-Li Tian. In the women’s doubles, Liu Jie teamed up with Wang Xiao to beat Khe Wei-Ng Hui Lin 21-14, 22-20. 

In the cycling competition, Malaysia won a bronze through Fatehah Mustapha in the women’s keirin event. 

Diving also provided a bronze through Bryan Nickson Lomas and Ahmad Fakhri in the 10m synchronised platform event. 

It was a different story for the men’s hockey team.  

The team failed in their bid to win the bronze, losing 4-5 to China in a penalty shoot-out after extra time had failed to resolve a 2-2 deadlock. 

Australia defeated Britain 5-4 on penalties to take the gold. 

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