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Old 10-30-2016
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What ever it is I am so proud of both of your achievements in the recent Rio Olympics 2016. Both of you did the unthinkable to reach the finals of Olympics and clinch the silver medal.



Despite not winning the gold medal, the silver medal that both of you have won is equal to the value of a gold medal.




Congratulations for winning your first ever silver medals despite playing in the Olympics for the first time.
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Badminton's Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong are now the No. 1 in the Superseries standings


After much struggle earlier in the season, Malaysia's badminton men's doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have finally arrived at the top of the Superseries standings

Most of the Rio Games 2016 fanfare have simmered down but there's still plenty of challenges (or rather, tournaments) ahead for our athletes. For badminton men's doubles Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, however, a spot of great news arrived last Friday. The two Olympic silver medallists are now the new No. 1 under the men's doubles shuttlers category in the Superseries standings.



On Friday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) elevated the duo from second place after removing top-ranked Lee Yong Dae-Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea from the list. Yong Dae had officially announced his retirement after winning the Korean Open last month.

"I was so surprised when I saw the new list on Friday. This is the first time that Wee Kiong and I have been ranked first," said V Shem. "It has been a mixed season for us this year. We have yet to reach a final in any of the eight legs." He added, "We will go all out to maintain the No. 1 position by staying consistent in Europe. We want to go to Dubai as the top-ranked pair."



V Shem and Wee Kiong are headed for this week's Denmark Open in Odense followed by the French Open in Paris next week.
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Men’s doubles

Retirements, re-pairings, relaxation: they have all had their effect on the changing landscape of international badminton. As far as the Superseries standings go, nowhere is it more apparent than in the men’s doubles discipline. Of the sixteen shuttlers slated to appear in Dubai this December, already 9 are ready to make their first career appearance, with more prospective rookies waiting in the wings among the chase pack.

Goh V Shem might have tasted Superseries success before this year but he has never made the trip to the Finals. Already 5th on the list before they took their silver medal in Rio, he and Tan Wee Kiong (pictured) shot to the top last week as Tan tasted his first ever Superseries success.

Not only are they at the top, but the Malaysians are the only pair in their category, apart from Olympic gold medallists Fu/Zhang, to have mathematically clinched their ticket to Dubai. In other words, they could hang up their racquets for the entire month of November and still be invited to the season finale, even if the 9th-placed team and everyone in between completely max out their points in the last two events.

Almost out of reach are Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda (pictured top) of Japan and both of Indonesia’s top pairs. All three are shoe-ins for first appearances in Dubai if they merely show up on court in Fuzhou and Hong Kong next month.


A combination of defunct pairs, national quota, and wild card mean that the head of the chase pack is actually current #14 Chen Hung Ling / Wang Chi Lin of Chinese Taipei. As Olympic gold medallists, Fu/Zhang qualify automatically and with two Chinese and three Indonesian pairs in the actual top 8, the final spot for Dubai is tentatively in the hands of would-be rookies Astrup/Rasmussen of Denmark.

In China, the youngest Danes will be looking to put some distance between themselves and compatriots Boe/Mogensen, who are among the five pairs who are less than 9,000 points off the pace.

Even if Wang or Ivanov/Sozonov are unable to catch up and add their names to the list of first-timers, another addition could still come in the form of China’s in-form Li Junhui / Liu Yuchen (pictured). They had barely half the points of Chai/Hong at the Olympic break but that gap has now been narrowed to less than 1,000 points. In other words, if they can post combined results of one round better than Chai and Hong, it is the 21-year-olds who will be accompanying Fu/Zhang to Dubai.
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Men doubles who have qualified to play in Dubai Super Series Finals

1 Goh V. Shem / Tan Wee Kiong (MAS) – 54930
2 Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda (JPN) – 47540
3 Angga Pratama / Ricky Karanda Suwardi (INA) – 46060
4 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA) – 44390
5 Chai Biao / Hong Wei (CHN) – 43800
6 Li Junhui / Liu Yuchen (CHN) – 42830 *
7 Mads Conrad Petersen / Mads Pieler Kolding (DEN) – 36840
8 Muhammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan (INA) – 34790 xx
9 Anders Skaarup Rasmussen / Kim Astrup Sorensen (DEN) – 34020
10 Hiroyuki Endo / Kenichi Hayakawa (JPN) – 31960 xx
11 Fu Haifeng / Zhang Nan (CHN) – 30660 xx
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Malaysia Stun Korea – Vivo BWF Sudirman Cup Day 1 Session 2


Malaysia did the unthinkable today, beating title favourites Korea in sub-group 1D at the Vivo BWF Sudirman Cup.

It was a rare victory in the mixed team format for Malaysia over powerhouses Korea, considering that it came after a season of lean pickings. The team victory was embellished by the successful return of superstar Lee Chong Wei from an eight month absence, with the former No.1 winning his Men’s Singles match and helping Malaysia fashion the upset.

The victory was set up by Men’s Doubles pair Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong (left), who played beyond expectations to thwart world No.1 duo Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong in the opener.

The Koreans weren’t expected to have trouble against the Goh and Tan. However, the Malaysians took the fight to the Koreans with skill and verve; Tan making sprightly interceptions at the net while Goh’s fierce smashes punctured the Koreans’ famed defences. The Malaysians had first game point but Goh served into the net and Lee/Yoo pocketed the next two points.

The third game was a thriller all the way. Goh and Tan clambered back from two match points down at 18-20; they would save three more. The Malaysians finally converted their third match points to complete the memorable win: 20-22 21-14 27-25.

Korea made it 1-1 through Sung Ji Hyun in Women’s Singles; the world No.7 was too strong for Lim Yin Fun, 21-9 21-7.

Lee Chong Wei then took court for his first match since September 2014. The former No.1 appeared a trifle rusty but was still too good for Lee Dong Keun.

The Malaysian was given a warm welcome by the crowd and he proceeded to entertain them with flashes of his brilliance – fluid movement, pinpoint smashes and fine touch belying the fact that he spent months away from the game.

“I was a little nervous in the beginning," said Lee.

"However, I managed to find my rhythm. It helped that Goh and Tan won the first match. Our team spirit is quite good here.”

Korea’s Women’s Doubles came to their rescue; Chang Ye Na/Jung Kyung Eun outplaying Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei 22-20 21-9.

Korea were favourites going into the final match, as world No.8 pair Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na are 62 places above Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying. However, the Malaysians completely turned the tables, with Chan/Goh getting more dominant as the match progressed. The 23-21 21-13 win sealed the tie for the underdogs.

Team Director Morten Frost admitted he was surprised by the team’s performance.

“It was a solid show. The Men’s Doubles set it up for us. Lee Chong Wei played well too, considering that he has been out of competitive action for a while. We will not take the next tie for granted; we have a lot of respect for India.”
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Malaysia Upset Three-Time Winners South Korea 3-2 To Start Sudirman Cup Campaign In Style

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia shocked three-time champions South Korea 3-2 in a thrilling Sudirman Cup Group 1D match in Dongguan, China Sunday night.

Men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong set Malaysia on the winning path by upsetting South Korea’s world number one pair Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, 20-22, 21-14, 27-25 in an exciting three set encounter.

South Korea however, drew level when Lim Yin Fun lost tamely to Sung Ji Hyun 9-21, 7-21 in the women’s singles.

Form... er world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei, 33, restored Malaysia’s advantage when he showed that he had not lost any of his touches despite an eight-month absence from competition, by beating Lee Dong Keun 21-12, 21-10.

Chong Wei who was slapped with an eight-month suspension by the Badminton World Federation for a doping offence did not disappoint Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) technical director Morten Frost Hansen who was at the court-side to witness his charge in action.

Though playing in China, Chong Wei received tremendous support from the local fans who are all the more familiar with the ace shuttler who was probably the only shuttler who had matched the prowess of Chinese shuttlers like Lin Dang and Chen Hong.

Cheers following Chong Wei’s win was however, short-lived when women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei failed in their bid to clinch the winning point after going down 20-22, 9-21 to Chang Ye Na/Jung Kyung Eun.

With the tie level at 2-2, the outcome had to be decided by the mixed doubles match.

Fortunately Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying lived up to expectations by claiming the winning point by beating Kim Ha Na/Kong Sung Hyun, 23-21, 21-13.

Malaysia meet India tomorrow and a win will see Malaysia top the group and sail into the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Chong Wei who is also the team captain said he was satisfied with his performance.

“Though absent from competitions for seven months, I still had the tournament feeling once the match started,” he told Astro Arena when interviewed after the match.

In another match played today, Denmark beat England 4-1 in Group 1C.
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Rio Olympic Update : Malaysian’s Men Doubles Knocked The Koreans Out Of The Match – Straight Into Semi-Finals!

RIO DE JANEIRO : Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong went full on against world No.1 Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong and triumphed the battle.

The Malaysians were victorious again as the men’s duo beat the South Koreans 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 to reach the semi-finals at the Rocentro Pavilion 4. This was V Shem and Wee Kiong’s second win over the South Koreans in seven meetings.

Last year, the duo had scored their first ever winning against Yong-dae and Yeon-seong at the Sudirman Cup team event. They scored a dramatic and intense match with 20-22, 21-14, 27-25. However they lost all the other five matches in straight games.

V Shem and Wee Kiong will now face China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei for a spot in the finals.

“Once we were in front in the second and third games, we kept on pushing. We are really happy because we played well.”

“But we are not going to think too far ahead, just go one step at a time,” said V Shem.

Wee Kiong and V Shem were burning with confidence since they had won over all their Group B matches, but was brought back to reality when Yong-dae and Yeon-seong winning the first match. This boosted up their game performance and did not give in any chance to slack.

Initially the Malaysians were level with the Koreans at 15-15, until the Koreans up a notch, there was no doubt who would win the game. The Koreans killed it in 28 minutes.

However, during the second game, the Malaysian were all fired up back again as they were receiving the Malaysian fans chants. Fortunately, the Malaysian duo was able to find the mental strength to grab the final point to the semi-finals in their first Olympic appearance.
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OLYMPICS SF – Victorious Malaysians prevent all-Chinese final

The Olympic men’s doubles badminton semi-finals opened with Goh V. Shem / Tan Wee Kiong from Malaysia upsetting world #5 Chai Biao / Hong Wei from China in three gritting games to book a spot in what otherwise might have been an all-Chinese final.

By Serla Rusli. Photos: Yves Lacroix for Badmintonphoto (live)

Goh V. Shem and Tan Wee Kiong (pictured) have had a stellar run in Rio, not dropping a single match since the start of the tournament, which began with three round robin contests. The fired-up Malaysians stunned Fu Haifeng / Zhang Nan in the group stage and world #1 and strong favourites Lee Yong Dae / Yoo Yeon Seong in the quarterfinals.

On Tuesday morning, Rio time, they did it again, this time against another higher ranked pair Chai Biao / Hong Wei (pictured below), after 64 minutes and impressive score line 21-18, 12-21, 21-17.

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Goh/Tan had their way in the opening game, although the Chinese were always trailing dangerously close behind. In the second game, the tables were turned and a series of unforced errors by the Malaysian duo gave Chai/Hong a comfortable lead throughout.

A change in tactic in the deciding game proved effective for Goh/Tan. The Malaysians quickened their pace and tested the Chinese defence with their relentless attacks. Chai/Hong were lagging by a margin, and it took all they could to answer Tan’s impressive net play and narrow the gap.

A bad line judgement from Chai Biao at a crucial point 17-19 gave the Malaysians their match point – and it was the only one they needed. Tan’s trick shot stunned the Chinese duo, who simply let the shuttle fall to the floor and along with it, their hopes for a gold medal in Rio.

Goh/Tan became the second ever Malaysian men’s doubles pair to have entered the Olympics final. Their predecessors were Cheah Soon Kit / Yap Kim Hock, who had to eventually settle for silver in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
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Family proud of Wee Kiong’s success in Rio

RIO OLYMPICS: Family members of national shuttler, Tan Wee Kiong, are happy with the achievements of Wee Kiong and his partner, Goh V Shem in lifting the silver medal in the men’s badminton doubles event at the Rio Olympic Games 2016.

Tan Hui Tat, the younger brother of Wee Kiong, said the national men’s doubles pair had given their best in the final against the pair from China, Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan throughout the match late Friday.

“They had played their best, but luck was not with them. However, we are grateful that they had won the silver although initially they did not expect them to go that far,” he told reporters after watching the final match.

Hui Tat, 24, together with his mother Tan Yok Hua, and his younger sister Tan Yun Ying, 15, as well as close family members and neighbours had watched the final match at their home in Jalan Bunga Raya, here.

In the final match, the V Shem-Wee Kiong pair lost to Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan 21-16, 11-21, 23-21.

Earlier, Yok Hua said the dream of her husband, Tan Cham Swee to see one of their sons participating in the prestigious meet finally came true when Wee Kiong represented the country in the event.

Yok Hua, 52, said Wee Kiong’s father had made two Olympic Games logos using tiles beside their house in 2011 hoping that anyone of their children would compete in the Olympics one day.

In Tangkak, Wee Kiong’s family in Kampung Kundang Ulu were still proud of his success despite failing to bring back the country’s first gold medal from the Rio Olympics.

Tan Wee Gieen, 22, Wee Kiong’s younger brother, said he hoped his elder brother would not give up but would be more inspired to win the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“My elder brother and his partner, Goh V Shem had tried their best and had almost won the gold but luck was not with them tonight,” he said.

Over 1,000 people flocked to Wee Kiong’s uncle Tan Kin Keang’s house here to watch the final match.

Wee Gieen, who is also a back-up shuttler for the men’s doubles, said although Wee Kiong failed to clinch the gold medal, his brother had indeed created history and also fulfilled their father’s dream to see one of his sons playing at the Olympics.
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Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong Upset Defending Champions

JAKARTA – Malaysia’s men’s doubles, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong upset defending champions Shin Baek Cheol/Ko Sung Hyun of South Korea, 21-12, 21-15 in the World Badminton Championships second round at Istora Senayan here last night.

The young Malaysian pair’s win over the South Koreans put them into the third round where they will face Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan, the ninth seed from China, tomorrow.

“We fought the defending champions all the way. Luckily, our strategy worked well during the match and that helped us,” said Goh.

He said they would try to be at their best tomorrow and hoped to repeat the success.

“We’ve never met the Chinese pair and hope we can win.”
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