History has been made several times at the Commonwealth Games 2014, and that is set to continue right through to the last day of the multi-sport competition as Singapore male shuttlers take part in their respective badminton finals.
Derek Wong is guaranteed of a medal as he went into the record books for being the first male Singaporean to make it into the Men’s Singles Finals.
Team Singapore shuttler Derek Wong has made it to the Men's Singles Gold medal match. (Photo by Commonwealth Games Singapore)
Wong showed great determination to come back from a game down after RV Gurusaidutt took the first game 21-16.
The Republic’s highest-ranked player did not let this affect him, as he eked out a 21-19 score in the next game to level matters.
“I watched his match yesterday, and he had a tough match. I knew that if I pushed myself in the second, maybe I could get his stamina and his confidence down. And I think that’s what actually happened,” Wong said.
Galvanised, he went on to take the win with a 21-15 score in the penultimate set.
“I am going to rest, and stretch and do my best for tomorrow,” he said.
Men’s doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart also replicated Wong’s feat and created history as they brought Singapore to her first ever Commonwealth Games Badminton Men’s Doubles Finals.
Similar to Wong, the pair had to come back from the first game to see off England’s duo Chris Langridge and Peter Mills 2-1.
Team Singapore’s paddlers ended their Commonwealth Games 2014 on a high as the competing parties added three more medals to the tally.
Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu took 28 minutes to overcome Australia’s team of Lay Jian Fang and Miao Miao and emerged with the Gold medal for the Women’s Doubles.
Feng Tianwei (left, facing camera) and Yu Mengyu beat Australia to claim the Women's Doubles Gold medal. (Photo by Commonwealth Games Singapore)
Feng and Yu had taken the opening set, but Australia pegged the reigning champions back in the second game to level the tie. Unfazed by that setback, Singapore took the next two sets 11-8, 11-5 to win the game 3-1.
There was more good news on the men’s table tennis front, as the nation added another two medals after Gao Ning and Zhan Jian battled out for Gold in the Men’s Singles Finals.
Team Singapore paddler Zhan Jian beat team mate Gao Ning to the Men's Singles Gold medal. (Photo by Commonwealth Games Singapore)
Gao Ning suffered a second consecutive heartbreak in the singles event and had to settle for Silver yet again after failing to overcome his compatriot when he lost 4-1. The Singaporean had also faltered at the same stage in the 2010 Commonwealth Games to fellow Singaporean, Yang Zi.
There was a major upset in the Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match as English duo Danny Reed and Kelly Sibley defeated Feng TIanwei and Zhan JIan 1-3.
Singapore is currently eleventh in the medals standing, with eight Golds, three Silvers and four Bronzes.