Friday, August 15, 2008

Olympic Day 7

Chong Wei vs Lin Dan singles final

BEIJING: Lee Chong Wei has secured at least a silver medal for Malaysia in the Beijing Olympics.

The national one shuttler and second seed for the men's singles event here defeated South Korean Lee Hyun-il 21-18, 13-21, 21-13 in the semi-finals Friday at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium.

Chong Wei will now take on top seeded Lin Dan from China in the final Sunday.

The Chinese player beat his compatriot Chen Jin 21-12, 21-18 in the other last four men's singles clash.

By booking his place in the final, which will be played on Sunday, the 26-year-old Penangite now stands to pocket at least RM300,000 as an incentive from the Govvernment.

If he manages to win Malaysia's first ever Olympic gold, Chong Wei will pocket a whopping RM1mil.

Malaysia has won a total of three Olympic medals thus far - one silver and two bronze medals - which were all delivered by shuttlers.

Before the last four clash here, the record between Chong Wei and Lee was even for this year.

Chong Wei beat Lee in the Malaysian Open final in three games.

When they next clashed in the Korean Open, Lee whipped Chong Wei in the second round and went on to beat world number one Lin Dan in a three-game thriller for the title.

Chong Wei is the only Malaysian shuttler still in the fray in Bejing. The other Malaysians all failed to shine.

Veterans Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah lost in the men's doubles first round to second ranked Koreans Lee Jae-jin-Hwang Ji-man.

Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong lost in the last eight to Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.

Wong Mew Choo lost in the quater-finals of the women's singles event 7-21, 27-29 to China's Lu Lan.

Wong Choon Hann lost to Taiwan's Hsieh Yu-hsing 17-21,18-21 in the third round of the men's singles event.

Archer Cheng outshoots Olympic record holder

In a nail-biting shoot-off at the Beijing Olympics, Malaysia's Cheng Chu Sian struck bull's eye to upset Olympic record holder Lee Chang Hwan to enter the men's individual quarter-final Friday.

Both were tied 105-105 after the regular 12 arrows.

In the shoot-off, both scored a nine with the first arrow and in the second, Lee, shot first and again struck a nine.

Cheng saw his chance. He stepped up and, displaying nerves of steel, hit the centre of the board for the second time in the third-round bout.

The arena erupted into applause while the large crowd of Korean fans, who had come to cheer on the experienced Lee, were left in despair.

"I told myself that I must do my best to make up for the team event. I went to sleep early last night," said the 22-year-old, who is from Penang.

"I have beaten him before but I cannot recall when. Lee has also lost to Wan Khalmizam (Abd Aziz) before and possibly because of this, he is under a lot of pressure when he faces opposition from Malaysia," Cheng added.

Cheng will meet Bair Badenov of Russia at 4.13pm Friday. The Russian advanced by ousting Jay Lyon of Canada 115-110.

This the best achievement yet by a Malaysian archer in Olympic history.

Lee, who was in the South Korean gold winning team in the Beijing Olympics, scored an Olympic record of 117 only two days ago in the first round.

Cheng was one point behind after the second arrow but his consistency prevailed to a 52-50 lead midway as the Korean dropped back with a dismal seven in the third arrow. After nine arrows, both were level at 78-78. Cheng was one behind again after the 10th arrow but he recovered with a perfect 10 in the 11th arrow to make it 96-96 going into the final arrow, where both shot a nine to tie 105-105 to force the shoot-off.

Cheng, who is the highest ranked Malaysian in the world standing at number 13, had fared the worst during the team quarter-finals in teaming up with Wan Khalmizam Abd Aziz and Muhd Marbawi Sulaiman.


Badminton - 6.30 pm Semi Final : Lee Chong Wei vs Lee Hyunil
Cycling - 4.30 pm Men's Team Sprint Qualifying : Starting Field - Malaysia, USA, Poland, Czech, Greece, China, Japan, Australia, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, France, Netherlands

*Congrats to Chong Wei. Hope he will bring home the first gold medal ever for Malaysia. He's assured to win at least a silver medal in which he will pocket RM 300,000 as promised by the government.

Good Luck Chong Wei

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