Goh-Tan make it to men’s doubles final

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PETALING JAYA: Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong have become the latest duo to bring glory to Malaysia by securing a place in the final of the badminton men’s doubles event at the Rio Olympics.

They took 64 minutes to defeat China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei in three sets – 21-18, 12-21, 21-17 – in the semi-finals today.

This achievement now assures Malaysia of at least three silver medals, if not better, thus making it the most successful outing ever for the nation at the Olympic Games.

Their opponents in the final will be decided later tonight (Malaysian time) in the second semi-final between Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan, from China, and Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, from Great Britain.

The men’s doubles final will take place at 10.50pm on Friday, Aug 19.

Speaking to Astro Arena, Tan said: “We are happy that we made it. We must thank our family and friends for giving us the motivation, and to ensure that we did not have any negative thoughts.

“They helped us to keep pushing ourselves and to try and make Malaysia proud.

“We don’t want to think too much about the final now. We have achieved our target. We need to relax our minds and play without any pressure on Friday.”

Goh, meanwhile, was overcome with tears, saying it was because he was simply happy to have made the final.

“I hope we can be stronger in the final. We will try our best. I want to thank the coaches, and our family and friends for all their support,” he added.

Last night, Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying made it to the final of the badminton mixed doubles event, thus assuring them of at least a silver medal.

Chan and Goh took just 45 minutes to defeat China’s Xu Chen and Ma Jin in straight sets, 21-12, 21-19, to become the first mixed doubles pair from Malaysia to win an Olympic medal.

The Malaysian pair will meet Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad from Indonesia in the final which will be played tomorrow at 10.50pm, Malaysian time.

Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong won Malaysia’s first medal in Rio, a silver, last week in the women’s synchronised 10m platform event.