SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES: INDONESIA BAGS BOTH TEAM TITLES
** This NEW SHUTTLENWS REPORT is presented by badminton world champions
YANG YANG (1987 and 1989) and ZHAO JIAN HUA (1991) and by
YANG YANG BADMINTON PRODUCTS **
October 14, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Powerful Indonesia today won both finals
of the badminton team events at the 19th South East Asian Games in Jakarta and
as expected took the gold medals. The men's team beat the Malaysian male squad
4 matches to 1 while the women's team blanked Thailand 5-0.
Despite the large margin, the men's team victory was not all that easy for
the host Indonesians in the early going. Heryanto Arbi, the Indonesian number
one in singles, was severely tested by Ong Ewe Hock in the opening match. The
first game was a tossup with Arbi coming out on top 15-13. In the second game,
Arbi was very erratic, striking many of his smashes out-of-bounds. The top
Indonesian also began to look quite tired. Ong took advantage of Arbi's errors
and tiredness to run away with the second game 15-4.
In the third, Ong pressed his advantage and reached the all-important 13th
point first. Arbi though caught up with patient and careful play. At 13-all,
Ong did not exercise his option to set or call for a 5-point tiebreaker. This
proved his undoing as Arbi scored the two points he needed to win 15-13.
In the second match, the Malaysian pair of Tan Kim Her and Rosman Razak beat
the careless and nervous tandem of Sigit Budiarto and Chandra Wijaya, the
men's doubles world champions. Tan and Rasak bounced back from a 9-15 first
game setback to win the next two 15-6 and 17-14.
The victory by Tan and Rasak gave the undermanned Malaysians a glimmer of
hope with the meet tied at 1 match apiece.
However, the Indonesians would not be denied.
Indra Wijaya defeated Yong Hock Kin 15-7 and 15-8, and then Olympic champions
Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja scored the gold-medal clincher when they beat
Chew Choon Eng and Lee Chee Leong 15-6 and 15-9 to the delight of the 3,000
fans who had crowded into the 1,000-seat Asia-Africa hall at the Senayan
Joko Suprianto took the last match, defeating Jason Wong 15-3 and 15-9.
In the women's team final, Susi Susanti staked Indonesia to a one-match lead
with her 11-1, 11-4 win over Pornsawan Plungwech in the opener. Denyana Lomban
and Indarti Isoliana increased the Indonesian margin when they beat Sara Lee
Toongthongkam and Ticha Boonyarak 15-7 and 15-5.
Mia Audina then clinched the gold medal for the hosts as she beat Thitikan
Duangsiri 11-5 and 11-6.
Eliza Nathanael and Resiana Zelin defeated the pair of Pornsawan Plungwech
and Somharuthai Jaroensiri 15-5, 15-8, and Meiluawati took the measure of
Natsaran Boonvoramatee 11-4 and 11-5 to complete the whitewash.
In the bronze medal playoffs staged this morning, Thailand defeated the
Philippines 4 matches to 1 to take the men's team bronze medal, while the
Malaysian women's squad beat the Singaporeans also by a score of 4-1.
The scores in the bronze medal playoffs:
MEN'S TEAM EVENT
Thailand beat the Philippines 4-1
(Thai names first)
Apichai Teeraratsakul beat Melvin Llanes 15-10, 18-16
Khunakorn Sudhisodhi/Kitipon Kitikul beat Anthony Ave/Naresh Ramnani 15-4, 15-4
Anupharp Teeraratsakul beat Ian Piencenaves 15-3, 15-8
Pramote Teerawiwatana/Siripong Siripool beat Melvin Llanes/Ian Piencenaves 15-6, 15-10
Krid Chuaynarong lost to Kennevic Asuncion 12-15, 9-15
WOMEN"S TEAM EVENT
Malaysia beat Singapore 4-1
(Malaysian names first)
Lee Yin Yin lost to Zarinah Abdullah 0-11, 6-11
Ishwari Boopathy beat Chin Yen Peng 11-3, 11-3
Woon Sze Mei beat Fatimah Lim Kumin 11-4, 8-11, 11-2
Ang Li Peng/Norashikin Amin beat Zarinah Abdullah/Lee Yue Zanetta 15-3, 15-10
Lee Yin Yin/Ishwari Boopathy beat Chin Yen Peng/Fatimah Lim Kumin 15-12, 15-3
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