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Asian Games: Malaysia Fail To Win Any Medal For Second Consecutive Day

GUANGZHOU, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysian athletes failed to add on to the medal tally for the second consecutive day as the 16th Asian Games reached the half-way mark.

There was no movement in Malaysia's medal haul since Wednesday although a number of medals are already assured tomorrow through badminton and sepak takraw.

The men's sepak takraw team reached the final and a silver medal at the least is assured since Thailand who are the defending champion are in a class of their own and may retain the gold.

However, shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have a more realistic chance of winning the gold in the men's doubles after marching into the final to face Indonesian pair Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan.

Defending champions Kien Keat-Boon Heong beat Mohammad Ahsan-Chandra Alvent Yulianto from Indonesia 21-19, 21-16 in the semifinals to book their berth while Markis Kido-Setiawan edged South Korean pair Lee Yong Dae-Jung Jae Sung to earn their spot.

World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei will also see action Saturday in the semifinals against Chen Jin of China.

In squash, world number one and five times world champion, Datuk Nicol David and Low Wee Wern will feature in the women's squash semifinals while Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Ong Beng Hee face their opponents in the men's semifinals.

Apart from shuttlers and squash, archers will also see action Saturday when the men's preliminary Recurve event opens its doors for Chang Chu Sian, Wan Mohd Khalmizam Wan Abdul Aziz and Arif Farhan Ibrahim Putra.

Consolation for the Malaysian camp was retaining the 10th spot in the medal tally despite failing to win any medals for two consecutive days.

Malaysia's three gold, three silver and four bronze to remain in the top ten but well off the target of nine gold medals predicted by the National Sports Council.

Host China continued their dominance by piling up the gold medals and opened up a huge gap over the rest of the chasing pack with 125 gold, 54 silver, 55 bronze, followed by South Korea with 43 gold, 36 silver, 50 bronze while Japan remain third with a tally of 24, 49, 51.

In fact, as of today, the 125 gold medals won by China was more than all the total gold medals won by the 27 countries participating in the Games.

The total number of medals won by the 27 countries as of today only accounted for 113 compared with China's 125.

Malaysia's three gold medals came through Chai Foong Ying (wushu), Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (cycling), Alex Liew and Andrian Ang (tenpin bowling).

Source from BERNAMA

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