Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Liek Hou, first badminton champion, contributes to country’s second gold

By Aida Najwa

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 September 2021: The National para-badminton champion, Cheah Liek Hou won the second gold medal for the country after winning at the final badminton for the men’s singles in the SU5 category of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games that took place at the Yoyogi National Stadium earlier.

Liek Hou was also seen as the first gold medallist for the event as this was the first time badminton was competed in the Paralympic Games.

The world’s second-ranking player has succeeded to defeat the world’s first ranking player from Indonesia, Dheva Anrimusthi with the victory of 21-17, 21-15 in full action throughout the 50 minutes.

The first set watched the six-time world champion defeating Dheva in 22 minutes of action.

Liek Hou, who received guidance from the national badminton legend, Datuk Rashid Sidek, continued to rise in the second set before confirming the gold medal for the country.

Before, Liek Hou booked a slot into the final after defeating the player from Taiwan, Fang Jen Yu 15-21, 21-10, 21-16 in the semi-finals this morning.

Meanwhile, Dheva advanced to the final after beating his compatriot, Suryo Nugroho 21-13, 21-15.

For the record, Liek Hou won in his last meeting with Dheva during the final of the Dubai International Para-Badminton Championship last April which made him come forth as the champion.

The country’s first gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games was contributed by Bonnie Bunyau Gustin in the powerlifting event for the 72 kilograms (kg) class.***

Source: Astro Awani

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