SEA Games 2003
vom 6. bis 12. Dezember
in Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Binh Sports Center
Zur Titelseite SEA Games.
Titelverteidiger Malaysia von Indonesien entthront
VF: INA - LAO 5:0 / SIN - VIE 3:2 / THAI - PHI 4:1
HF: INA - MAS 3:2 und THA - SIN 4:1
Endspiel: Indonesien - Thailand 3:1
Sony Dwi Kuncoro verlor das Eröffnungsmatch gegen Boonsak Polsana 13:15 2:15. Dann aber folgten drei Siege durch Simon Santoso und die Doppel Luluk Hadiyanto & Alvent Yulianto sowie Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan.
Thai-Ladies räumten Indonesien weg - unterlagen aber gegen Singapur
VF: VIE - PHI 3:2
HF: SIN - VIE 5:0 und THA - INA 3:2
Endspiel: Singapur - Thailand 3:2
Asienmeister Kuncoro bestätigt seine tolle Leistungsentwicklung
HF: Kuncoro (INA) - Muhammad Roslin HASHIM (MAS) 15:8 15:1
Wong (MAS) - Ronald Susilo (SIN) 15:3 7:15 15:9
Sony Dwi Kuncoro (INA) - WONG Choong Hann (MAS) 15:8 15:5
Überraschung: der erste Sieg einer Malaysierin seit 26 Jahren
HF: Wong (MAS) - LI Li 2:0 (SIN)
Polsana (THA) - JIANG Yan Mei (SIN) 2:0
WONG Mew Choo (MAS) - Salakjit Polsana (THA) 11:5 11:5
HF: Chew & Chang (MAS) - Luluk Hadianto & Alven Yulianto Chandra (INA) 2:1
Lee & Choong (MAS) - Phattapol Ngensrisuk & Sudket Prapakamol (THA) 2:0
LEE Wan Wah & CHOONG Tan Fook (MAS) - CHEW Choon Eng & CHANG Kim Wai (MAS) 15:5 15:6
Indonesischen Quartett ohne Konkurrenz
HF:Novita & Nurlita (INA) - CHIN Eei Hui & WONG Pei Tty (MAS) 2:1
Erlangga & Natsir (INA) - JIANG Yan Mei & XIAO Luxi (SIN) 2:0
Endspiel: Jo Novita & Lita Nurlita (INA) - Eny Erlangga & Lilyana Natsir (INA) 15:13 11:15 15:7
Ein Titel blieb für Thailand
HF: Prapakamol & Thoungthongkam (THA) - Kennevic Asuncion & Kennie Asuncion (PHI) 2:0
Nugroho & Widyowati (INA) - CHEW Choon Eng & CHIN Eei Hui (MAS) o.K.
Endspiel: Sudket Prapakamol & Saralee Thoungthongkam (THA) - Anggung Nugroho & Eny Widyowati (INA) 15:12 15:7.
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NEW STRAITS TIMES (Malaysia) am 13. Dezember zum Sieg von Wong Mew Choo (20 Jahre, Weltranglistenplatz 102), dem ersten Sieg einer Malaysierin im Dameneinzel nach 26 Jahren:
Mew Choo ends women’s 26-year wait by the NST Sports Team
HO CHI MINH CITY, Dec 13: Wong Mew Choo finally ended Malaysia's 26-year wait for the women’s singles gold medal when she beat Thailand's Salakjit Polsana 11-5, 11-5 in the final at the Tan Binh Competition Hall yesterday.
With Malaysia's last women's singles gold coming in 1977, courtesy of Sylvia Ng, and with the Malaysians relinquishing the men's singles crown to Indonesia, the pressure was on Mew Choo to deliver badminton's first gold medal of the Games.
And that she did, and in convincing fashion too. Mew Choo started on a cautious note but was soon playing her trade mark game, retrieving every shot thrown at her to take the first game 11-5.
The Malaysians started the second as she did the first, hesitant and cautious with the score tied at 3-3. But she soon regained her confidence to romp home with a similar score to take the gold, but more importantly, give women's badminton in the country a huge boost.
The bronze medals went to the Singapore duo of Li Li and Jiang Yi Mei, both naturalised citizens of the island republic. Mew Choo put up a terrific performance to beat Li Li, the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist, in the semi-finals on Thursday.
But it was clear that the significance of the gold medal had not dawned on the 20-year-old well after the victory ceremony.
"I don't feel anything although it is my first international title," said Mew Choo. "Nobody gave me a chance of winning the gold medal, and to tell the truth, neither did I. All I wanted to do was to go in and play my game."
But in winning the title, Mew Choo expressed her hope that the BA of Malaysia (BAM) will send the women shuttlers to more international competitions for exposure.
"I did not compete in many international competitions, and I hope BAM will send us (women) out more often to improve our respective games."
A fact which BAM vice-president and national team manager Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan acknowledged.
"The women have been neglected and it is time for BAM to do something about it," said Kitingan.
"It has been such a long time since Malaysia last won the women's singles gold medal. We won the women's doubles Commonwealth Games gold, and this shows the women shuttlers have improved.
"And it is time for us to help them."
The historic win will eventually dawn on Mew Choo, and hopefully BAM will also act on helping the women shuttlers fast.
Die Internet Newsseite NSTP e-media am 13. Dezember über über den Sieg von Wong Mew Choo im Dameneinzel:
Labour Pays Off! by Fariq Rahman
WONG MEW CHOO shocked the badminton scene yesterday when she won the gold medal of the women’s singles at the Than Binh Hall.
The national No 1 women player, born on Labour Day, laboured her way to the gold, her first international title.
Mew Choo who was born on May 1, 1983, defeated Thailand’s Salakjit Ponsana 11-5, 11-5 and ended Malaysia’s 26-year-wait for a women’s gold medal.
The last time was when Sylvia Ang won the singles title at the 1977 Bangkok SEA Games before Mew Choo was born.
But Mew Choo never showed any excitement despite winning the gold. She took the win in her strides.
After the victory, she was taken away for a dope test. But it was indeed a long wait.
So much so, the Malaysian Press had to seek permission from the doping control officials to conduct an interview.
And the Press were in for a shock.
When asked about her feelings on winning the gold, Mew Choo said: “Saya tak rasa apa-apa lah. Biasa sajalah. (I don’t feel anything ... it’s just normal).”
Maybe Mew Choo has never been approached by such a large number of pressmen in her badminton career or it could just be her nature.
A very quiet girl as described by her teammates and team officials.
Despite her “quiet character’ out of court, she is a different person when she gets on court.
And yesterday’s win is just the beginning of more to come.
“The final was never on my mind despite winning the semifinals. To me every match is important and I just go out there and play it.
“That’s what I did today and I won.
“I saw her tiring especially in the second set and I took advantage of it.
Despite the attention and the long wait at the doping centre, Mew Choo took some time off to ring her mum Kok Mee Foong and father Wong Loy Choy, a businessman.
The Ipoh-born lass had earlier created an upset when she defeated top seed Li Li of Singapore in the semifinals.
Mew Choo first took on Salakjit Polsana in the Asian Schools Tournament in 1999 where the Malaysian triumphed.
But Salakjit turned the tables on Mew Choo at the Malaysian Satellite last year.
However, it was sweet revenge for Mew Choo when she defeated Ponsan at the Malaysian Open in Kota Kinabalu last August.
Mew Choo’s victory should be an eye opener for BAM who have never paid much attention to the women players.
Mew Choo hopes BAM will send her and her teammates for more overseas tournaments.
National coach Misbun Sidek said his target for Mew Choo to make an impact at the SEA Games has been achieved.
“Mew Choo has a lot to improve especially her strength. This is important if she is to match world class players.
“I’m happy for her and she deserves the gold.”
Meanwhile, Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook delivered the second gold beating teammates Chew Choong Eng and Chang Kim Wai 15-6, 15-5 in the doubles final.
Wong Choong Hann, the national No 1 failed to repeat Roslin Hashim’s achievement of winning the gold in the 2001 KL SEA Games, when he lost to Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro 15-8, 15-5 in the men’s final.
Choong Hann lost to the Indonesian in the semifinals of the team event four days ago which Indonesia won 3-2 and went on to win gold.
Die BANGKOK POST Post am 9. Dezember über die Niederlage von Thailands Damen in Finale des Mannschaftswettbewerbs gegen Singapur, nachdem sie im Halbfinale die Favoritinnen aus Indonesien ausgeschaltet hatten:
Final heartbreak in both team events by Wanchai Rujawongsanti
Thailand fell just short in their bid for a rare gold medal in the women's badminton team event when they narrowly lost to Singapore 3-2 in the final yesterday.
Thailand, who upset powerhouses Indonesia in the semi-finals, were weakened by the absence of their No 1 player Sathinee Jankrajangwong who is nursing an ankle injury and is likely to miss the whole tournament.
Despite being without the services of Sathinee, the Thai girls fought Singapore, who were powered by Chinese-born players, to the wire. Unfortunately, Thailand had to use the inexperienced Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kulchala Worawichitchaikul in the deciding doubles.
The Thai pair were no match for Jiang Yan Mei and Liu Fan who won 15-10, 15-7 to clinch the gold medal for their adopted country.
Thailand made an unconvincing start when Salakjit Polsana was defeated by Li Li 11-8, 8-11, 5-11. The Thai should have taken the rubber in the second game but ran out of steam in the closing stages. Saralee Thoungthongkam put the match on level terms by beating Xiao Lu Xi 11-8, 6-11, 11-3.
Jiang pushed Singapore ahead again when she thrashed Duanganong 11-1, 11-2 in the last singles match. But the Thais levelled the tie thanks to Salakjit and Saralee who defeated Li and Xiao 15-10, 15-7.
``We were unlucky that Sathinee was injured so we had to change our game plan,'' said Thailand's assistant manager Sompol Kukasemkij.
``Even at full strength we had only a 50-50 chance against Singapore who had several Chinese players.''
Late last night, Thailand also lost 3-2 to Indonesia in the men's team final.
THE STAR (Malaysia) am 9. Dezember über den unverhofften Sieg von Singapores Damen im Team-Wettbewerb:
JIANG Yan Mei and Liu Fan clinched one of Singapore’s greatest badminton achievements with a 15-10, 15-7 win over Thailand in yesterday’s deciding match in the SEA Games women’s team final.
Yan Mei also contributed a singles victory in the 3-2 triumph that gave Singapore their first gold medal ever in the SEA Games women’s team event and their first medal in the team event since a bronze in 1975.
The triumph sparked spontaneous celebrations among the pro-Singapore crowd, with Yan Mei and Liu Fan leaping into an embrace and then grabbing the red-and-white national flag and leading the team on a victory lap around the courts at Tan Binh Culture and Sports Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.
Thai pair Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kulchala Worawichitchaikul walked off disappointed.
Lim Swee Say, Singapore’s Environment Minister and head of the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), choked back tears as he saluted the team.
“Gold medals don’t come easy. This is tremendous,” Swee Say said. Singapore hadn’t fielded a women’s team at the regional tournament since 1989.
“It took a few years to put this together (because) we started with raw talent,” Swee Say said. “Our next aim is the final round of the Uber Cup in the not too distant future.''
THE STAR (Malaysia) über den doppelten Erfolg Malaysias im Herrendoppel:
A JADED Wong Choong Hann failed to win his first SEA Games men’s singles title and Malaysia had to be satisfied with two gold medals on the final day of the badminton competition at the Tan Binh Sports Centre yesterday.
In an-all Malaysian men’s doubles final, Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah went on record as the first Malaysian pair to win the title in eight years with a 15-5, 15-6 win over Chang Kim Wai-Chew Choon Eng.
Earlier, Wong Mew Choo had ended Malaysia’s 26-year wait for the women’s singles crown. She defeated second seed Salakjit Ponsana of Thailand 11-5, 11-5.
Malaysian number one Choong Hann went down to a tame 8-15, 5-15 defeat by top seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia.
It was the second defeat within a week that Choong Hann suffered at the hands of the 19-year-old Sony. In the team semi-finals, Choong Hann lost 10-15, 7-15. Yesterday, he was hardly in the match, which lasted 50 minutes.
Team manager Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan said: “We came here to win two gold medals and we achieved it. The hope was on the men’s team and men’s singles but it came from the men’s doubles and women’s singles.”
Tan Fook-Wan Wah finally won their first title since coming under the charge of Yap Kim Hock, who won the last doubles gold medal for Malaysia in a partnership with Cheah Soon Kit in the 1995 Games in Chiang Mai.
Their win made up for their disappointing outing in the team event where they were beaten by the Indonesian third ranked pair of Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto.