KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Sept 98 (Bernama):
BY Jackson Sawatan
TAN FOOK-WAN WAH PAIR WINS MEN'S DOUBLES GOLD
Malaysia's second pair of Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah today scored a major boost to their badminton career when they defeated the nation's top pair and compatriots Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock in the men's doubles final of the KL 98 Games badminton competition here.
The young Malaysian pair, long playing second fiddle to the more senior Soon Kit-Kim Hock pair, showed much improvement and maturity to take charge of the game 15-7, 15-4.
Soon Kit and Kim Hock raced to a 4-2 lead and went ahead 6-4. But the number two pair refused to give up and notched up six points to take the lead at 10-6, dropped one more point and summed up the first game 15-7.
The same story was repeated in the second game. The Soon Kit-Kim Hock pair made several mistakes and Tan Fook and Wan Wah took full control of the game and win 15-4.
"We just went to the court and did our best. We felt no pressure at all," said Wan Wah after the game.
Tan Fook said they wanted to prove that they could play a good game.
"At the beginning of the tournament, people said we can't beat England, can't even beat Northern Ireland. But today, we proved that we can do it," said Tan Fook.
Commenting on the game, Soon Kit said the Tan Fook-Kim Hock pair played well.
"We tended to make mistakes probably due to our long layoff from competition," he said. The pair had only recently trained together as Kim Hock is being bugged by a shoulder injury.