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Malaysia Win Men's Doubles Gold

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is currently searching for the next generation of star players to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Lee Chong Wei.

And they may need to look no farther than the current youth squad, who have put in some strong performances in the badminton events at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India.

They were guaranteed at least one gold medal in the men's doubles in which both finalists came from Malaysia.

Yew Hong Kheng and Ow Yao Han took the gold medal honours when they beat Lim Yu Sheng and Low Wei Sheng in a three-game battle that took just 30 minutes.

Yew and Ow won 14-21, 21-13, 12-14 in a lively contest in which rallying was rare but power and skill was in abundance.

"It was a tough game. We were under pressure because they played very well in the first set. But we managed to come back to win. It was a nice victory. Our next target is the Malaysian satellite," Yew was quoted as saying by Bernama.

Winning a bronze for Malaysia was the women's doubles pair of Ng Hui Ern and Lim Ee Von, who beat New Zealand's Jonggowisastro and Mary O'Connor 21-8, 21-19 in the third-place play-offs.

That made it a gold, silver and bronze for the Malaysians in the last day of the badminton competition at the Games, which are being held as a dress rehearsal for the full Commonwealth Games next year.

Hosts India were also in the medal, proving they have a good future in the sport with two of their players reaching the men's singles final.

RMV Gurusaidutt justified his top seeding by beating his compatriot, the unseeded Aditya Prakash 21-18, 20-22, 21-18 in a 50-minute final that had the home crowd enthralled.

Scotland's Martin Campbell, the third seed, won the bronze, beating his fourth-seeded countryman Paul van Rietvedep 21-13, 21-17.

World-class Indian teenager Saina Nehwal won the women's gold medal, although she was surprisingly given a tough time by her compatriot Sikki Reddy.

The top-seeded Nehwal eventually won 23-21, 22-20 to claim the gold while the bronze went to England's fourth seed Panuga Riou, who beat Malaysian Tiffany Chase Currier, the third seed, 18-21, 21-16, 21-16.

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