By Hakim Mahari
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 August 2021: Malaysia’s wait for a first medal at the Tokyo Olympics has finally ended after shuttlers Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik delivered a bronze in the men’s doubles competition.
Aaron-Wooi Yik upset the form books by beating reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan 17-21, 21-17, 21-14 in a pulsating 50-minute battle to prevent Malaysia from ending their Olympics campaign without a medal for the first time since Athens 2004.
It was a sweet revenge as they had lost to the Indonesians in the group stage earlier. It was only their second win in eight meetings against the experienced opponents.
And they broke down after winning badminton’s only medal in Tokyo at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza.
“The hope was on us to deliver the medal after all others lost and we did it,” said an emotional Aaron.
The success also saw the No. 9 world ranking doubles continue the legacy of the country’s badminton sport to take home medals since 2008.
Malaysia has set a target of three medals in badminton, diving and track cycling in this edition, with one of them being gold.
Earlier, Aaron Chia-Wooi Yik made a surprise move to the semi-finals when overcoming the world No. 1 double, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon from Indonesia through a 21-14, 21-17 victory.***
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