Thor Chuan Leong (right) and Moh Keen Hoo in action in snooker doubles at the Singapore SEA Games. They won the gold on Wednesday. - S.S.KANESAN/ The STAR
SINGAPORE: Annoy Thor Chuan Leong and Moh Keen Hoo at your peril.
On Wednesday, the Malaysian pair made their Thai rivals pay for their "arrogance" - winning 3-1 (0-76, 49-36, 113-1, 66-19) to clinch the SEA Games snooker doubles gold medal.
What a mistake by Kritsanut Lertsattayatthorn and Ratchayothin Yotharuck.
The Thai pair took the first frame with Kritsanut clearing the entire table all by himself, picking up 76 points from the very first shot.
"Upon dominating the opening frame, I could see the arrogance written all over (Kritsanut’s) face, and from his reactions, too," said Chuan Leong.
"That fired me up, and I told Keen Hoo we must make him pay. And after that, we showed them what we're made of. We fear no one.”
The rest, they say, is history.
With the win, Chuan Leong, 27, who already has a gold medal from his triumph in the singles event on Monday, completed a remarkable SEA Games double to add to his list of accolades.
He became the first Malaysian in 20 years to achieve the double since Sam Chong at the 1995 Chiangmai Games. Sam actually had four golds then as there were more events contested.
It was also a refreshing triumph for the 29-year-old Keen Hoo, who waited long enough to pick up his second SEA Games gold. He was the 2007 Korat Games singles champion.
But the gold did not come easily; Chuan Leong and Keen Hoo had to battle for almost two hours for it.
"This has to be my best ever SEA Games outing after five appearances. I couldn't have asked for more." Keen Hoo said.
"It's great to win the SEA Games gold again. We were only good enough for the semis in Myanmar two years ago, but this time we really got our game going, match after match," said Keen Hoo, who made his debut at the 2005 Manila Games with a bronze medal in the singles.
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