PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying have reached the final of the badminton mixed doubles event at the Rio Olympics, 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 were thrilled at making the final which they could only have dreamt when they started their quest last week.
“We still can’t believe that we are in the final. We had dreamed of this but to have actually done it is an amazing feeling,” Chan was quoted as saying by News Straits Times Online.
“We knew we had a chance as the China pair were under as much pressure as we were. We told ourselves that we had to keep focused and minimise our mistakes.
“We constantly encouraged each other as we didn’t want to fail having come so far. “The final will be another challenge as we lost to the Indonesians in the group stage but we will prepare well and give it our best,” Yiu Ling said, according to the news portal.
The Malaysian pair will next meet Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad from Indonesia in the final which will be played tomorrow at 10.50pm, Malaysian time.
The win was also the second major achievement by the Malaysian badminton team in Rio on Monday night, after the top men’s doubles pair of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong stunned the world number one pair of Lee Yong Dae and Yoon Yeon Seong from South Korea to qualify for the men’s doubles semifinals.
The Malaysians marched into the semis with a 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 win in 86 minutes. It was also only the second time Goh and Tan had beaten the Koreans, having lost the other six times they met.
They will next take on China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei in the semi-finals at 8pm tonight.