Thursday, November 17, 2011

SEA GAMES: Malaysia Win Doubles Gold

PALEMBANG, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's Chong Tin Sam and Thor Chuan Leong won the gold medal in the men's doubles snooker competition at the Opi Convention Centre in Jakabaring here Wednesday.

Chong's more than 18 years of experience and Thor's fighthing spirit were a formidable combination for success as they easily overcame Lim Chun Kiat and Ang Boon Chin of Singapore 3-0.

Thor, 23, who took home his first SEA Games gold medal, said he was so glad when Chong had agreed to partner him in this year's Games.

"Chong's composure and experience helped me to do better this time. I was in top form all the way and when we saw that we had an opportunity (during the game) I knew there was no turning back," Thor told the Malaysian media after the competition.

It was also a sweet revenge for Thor and his partner then, Lee Chee Wei, who lost to the same Singaporean pair in the final in Laos two years ago.

Meanwhile, seasoned campaigner Chong, said he decided to make a comeback after an absence of ten years from the Sea Games to give support to the younger players.

"I hoped I had given them, especially Thor here, some valuable experience," he said.

The bronze medal went to Win Khaing Min Aye/Win Ko Ko of Myanmar and Thailand's Thanawat Tirapongbaiboon/Noppon Saengkham.


From Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

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