The closing day of Badminton matches promised an exciting lineup, as the games’ top teams and players from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand competed against one another for a higher medal finishing. Out of the five matches, three were internal gold medal contests – two involving Malaysia and one involving Indonesia.
Women’s Doubles started with a bang as Malaysia duo Vivian Hoo Kah Mun and Woon Khe Wei (ranked World No. 11) battled fellow compatriots Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Soong Fie Cho (ranked World No. 26) for the coveted gold medals. Hoo and Woon tussled Anscelly and Soong in the first game, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats throughout but were overcome by the latter 21-18. Then, Anscelly and Soong ended the second set with a score of 21-13. They added that they enjoyed the match with fellow country players.
Malaysia’s Soong Fie Cho and Amelia Alicia Anscelly take the centre podium spot in Women’s Doubles. Photo: Lawrence Loh/ SINGSOC
Thailand’s sole finalist for the day Busanan Ongbumrungpan faced Indonesia’s Hanna Ramadini in the Women’s Singles. 19-year-old Ongbumrungpan outlasted 20-year-old Ramadini in the closely fought first set to finish off 21-17. Although Ramadini started off the second game well with a seven point lead, Ongbumrungpan fought back, hit by hit, to conquest the race to 21 points, earning the Women’s Singles gold medal for Thailand. Pleased with her win, Ongbumrungpan shared that she gained good experience in this SEA Games and thanked her friends and family for their support.
Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungpan celebrating her victory. Photo: Lawrence Loh/ SINGSOC
Once again, it was an internal battle for Malaysia’s shuttlers in the Men’s Singles, as Chong Wei Feng competed against Ab Latif Mohamed Arif for a centre spot on the victory podium. Chong created a massive nine point lead before aggressively taking down the first game 21-8, as Latif struggled to find a way to counter Chong’s attacks. Chong rounded up the second game with score of 21-9.
Singapore’s crowd favourite Loh Kean Yew finishes with a bronze in Men’s Singles. Photo: Lawrence Loh/ SINGSOC
Adapting to the match comfortably in their red attires, Indonesia’s Ricky Karandasuwardi and Angga Pratama attained the first set against fellow countrymen Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 21-12.
Despite very tight play by Gideon and Kukamuljo in the second set, Karandasuwardi and Pratama stood their ground and finished 24-22 to bring the gold medal home.
Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, ranked World No. 49, challenged World No. 11 Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto from Indonesia. Chan-Goh’s brilliant partnership allowed them to take the first game 21-18.
Jordan and Susanto won the second set swiftly 21-13 and gave the audience the anticipated third set. The Indonesian duo showcased their mettle for every point, giving Malaysian shuttlers a run for their money. Finally, Jordan-Susanto edged ahead during an intense rally to take Chan-Goh out of the gold medal chase, winning the last Badminton gold medal with a final set of 25-23.
Mixed Doubles Medalists. Photo: Huang Xiaolong/ SINGSOC
Coinciding with the Closing Ceremony, Badminton Day 7 marks the end of well-fought matches held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, presenting Indonesia and Malaysia with two gold finishes and Thailand with one gold medal.
From Singapore Indoor Stadium, we thank all the athletes for their excellent sportsmanship, officials and volunteers for their unwavering support, audience for their energetic cheers and everyone who made this event possible!
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