Malaysia lands 7th C’wealth gold with women’s badminton win

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has earned its seventh gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, surpassing its achievement at the last edition in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014.

Women’s badminton pair Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo bagged the gold medal in the women’s doubles final today.

They beat England’s Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker,  21-12 in each of two sets in the match held at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

The victory came after teammate Lee Chong Wei also defeated India’s Kidambi Srikanth today to earn his third Commonwealth men’s singles gold medal.

Meanwhile, national rhythmic gymnast Amy Kwan, who won a gold medal in the individual ribbon apparatus at the games on Friday, said she now faced a major challenge at the upcoming Asian Games to be held in September in Jakarta.

She said it would be tougher there against gymnasts from countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China and South Korea who were more competitive.

Kwan also contributed a silver medal for Malaysia in the team event with Koi Sie Yan and Izzah Amzan, and a bronze medal in the individual all-around event.

“Each competition has its own challenges, and of course the challenges at the Asian Games will be tougher. It will also be my Asian Games debut,” she said.

Sie Yan also picked up two silver medals in the individual ball and clubs events respectively, and a bronze in the individual ribbon event.

The three gymnasts have only two days to rest before representing Malaysia at the 10th Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championship at the Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil from April 29 to May 2.

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