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Asian Games: Early Exit For Malaysia Men's Team

GUANGZHOU, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian badminton team lost to Thailand 2-3 in the quarter-finals of the Men's Team event of the 16th Asian Games held at Tianhe Gymnasium here Saturday.

Today's loss means that the team has failed to defend the bronze medal which they bagged at the Doha edition, four years ago.

Malaysia received a 'bye' in the first round.

World number one men's singles Datuk Lee Chong Wei, who contracted fever since Tuesday, was tamed by Thailand's single ace Boonsak Ponsana 21-19, 10-21, 19-21.

World number one duo, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong, however levelled the tie, crushing Sudket Prapakamol/Songphon Anugritayawon 21-12, 21-13 while Muhd Hafiz Hashim took Malaysia to lead 2-1, beating Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 14-21, 21-14, 21-18.

The 'Land of the White Elephant' however, managed to snatch the other two points when Jongjit Maneepong/Isara Bodin defeated Mak Hee Chun/Tan Wee Kiong 21-23, 21-12, 21-16, followed by Suppanyu Avihingsanon sealing Thailand's winning point by trashing Liew Darren 21-16, 21-16.

Men's singles coach Misbun Sidek expressed disappointment with today's results, especially after Chong Wei lost to Boonsak.

"Earlier, I thought Chong Wei would win easily against Boonsak while Muhd Hafiz would lose," he told reporters after the match.

In Doha, the men's team comprising Chong Wei, Muhd Hafiz, Wong Choon Hann, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari/Lin Woon Fui secured a bronze, losing 1-3 to South Korea in the semi-finals.

Source from BERNAMA

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