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SEA Games: Indonesia, Malaysia Set Up Another Gold Medal Clash

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August 9, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Badminton powerhouses Indonesia and Malaysia will once again tangle for the men's team gold medal at the South East Asian Games, following their usual semifinal victories today in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, site of the twentieth holding of the Olympic-style multisports competition. Indonesian whipped Singapore 5 matches to none, while Malaysia beat Thailand 3-0 (the Malaysians and Thais agreed not to pla= y the last two matches).

Indonesia has dominated the past SEA Games badminton men's team competiti= ons but with Indonesia keeping most of their name players like Heryanto Arbi, Hendrawan, Ricky Subagja, Rexy Mainaky, and Chandra Wijaya at home and fielding their up-and-coming players, Malaysia has an even chance of taking the men's team gold.

In the women's team event, top-seed Indonesia and Thailand moved into the finals with semifinal victories earlier today. Indonesia crushed Vietnam 5-0, while Thailand beat Malaysia 3-1 in the closest contest of the day (bot= h teams chose to abandon the meaningless last match after the Thais had scored their clinching third victory).

Results of today's team contests (names of players from wnning team first= ):

Men's Team
Indonesia versus Singapore
Indonesia wins 5-0 (Taufik Hidayat beat Gerald Hee Teck 15-2, 15-5; Eng Hian and Flandy Limpele beat Yeow Nam and Jack Hee Lic Kai 15-1, 15-5; Jeffer Rosobin beat Chua Yong Hong 15-4, 15-0; Wahyu Setiawan and Haryanto Halim be= at Gerald Hee Teck and Wayne Kuo 15-0, 15-1; Ronny Agustinus beat Kendric Yen H= ui 15-6, 15-3)

Malaysia versus Thailand
Malaysia wins 3-0 (Wong Choon Hann beat Boonsak Polsana 17-14, 15-12, 15-4; Rosman Razak and Chew Choon Eng beat Kitipon Kitikul and Khunakorn Sudhisodh= i 15-10, 15-13; Rashid Sidek beat Anupap Teeraratsakul 15-12, 0-15, 15-10)

Women's Team
Indonesia versus Vietnam
Indonesia wins 5-0 (Cindana Hartono Kusuma beat Le Thi Kim Anh 11-3, 11-5; Lidya Djaelawidjaya beat Tranh Thi Than Thao 11-0, 11-1; Ellen Engelina beat Ngo Hai Van 11-4, 11-4; Etty Tantri and Chynthia Tuwankotta beat Le Thi Kim Anh and Tranh Thi Than Thao 15-2, 15-0; Ema Ermawati and Indarti Isoliana beat Ngo Hai Van and Hanh Dung 15-3, 4-0 retired)

Thailand versus Malaysia
Thailand wins 3-1 (Sujutra Ekmongkolpaisarn beat Ng Mee Fen 11-6, 11-4; Satinee Changkrajangwong lost to Woon Sze Mei 6-11, 11-13; Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn and Saralee Thunthongkam beat Joanne Quay and Ang Li Peng 13-15, 15012, 15-13; Thitikan Duangsiri beat Lee Yin Yin 11-1, 11-0)


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