MALAYSIA'S MAY HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER FOUR YEARS TO END GOLD DROUGHT

LONDON, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- Malaysia may have to wait for another four

years, probably the 2016 Brazil Olympics, to see a glitter of gold since gold

medal hopes in the London Olympics continued to fade after badminton and cycling

failed to deliver the goods.

In badminton, regarded as the most likely sport to contribute a gold medal

to end the country''s wait for a gold medal in the Olympics since 1956, managed

only a silver through Datuk Lee Chong Wei from the men''s singles.

Chong Wei, the world number two lost 21-15, 10-21, 19-21 to world number one

and defending champion, Lin Dan of China, in today''s final, his second

consecutive defeat to the Chinese player since losing in the 2008 Beijing

Olympics final.

Playing in probably his last Olympics due to his age factor, the 30 year-old

Penang lad admitted that he had given his best but Lin Dan proved himself as a

class above the others.

"Its the second time I''ve disappointed the expectations of Malaysians. I did

my best but Lin Dan was better," he said.

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In an earlier match, world number eight pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong

failed to deliver any medals after losing to top seeded pair here, Chung Jae

Sung/Lee Yong Dae of South Korea in the bronze medal play off.

The Malaysians lost 21-23, 10-21 in 47 minutes.

Besides badminton, track cycling, another sport targetted to contribute a

gold medal, also failed to produce positive results, let alone win a medal, when

Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, could on manage eighth spot in the men''s Individual

Sprint.

Azizulhasni who qualified for the quarterfinals was beaten by new Olympics

record holder, Jason Kenny of Great Britain.

Malaysia''s search for the elusive gold will continue tomorrow when Yeoh Ken

Nee and Huang Qiang compete in the Men''s 3m Individual Springboard.

-- BERNAMA

ZAS ZAS JRL

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