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COMMONWEALTH GAMES: MALAYSIA'S ONG EWE HOCK INJURED
September 13, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Host country Malaysia held its
collective breath for a few moments today when badminton star and gold medal
hope Ong Ewe Hock stretched to retrieve a dropshot during a team event match
with India and pulled a thigh muscle. Ong seemed to immediately feel great
pain and was not able to return opponent Pullela Gopi Chand's shot.
The Malaysian player was one game up and was leading 11-6 in the second set
when he suffered his injury. He tried to continue to play after a few minutes
of rest but the pain from the injury proved to be too much. After two more
rallies, Ong conceded the match to Gopi Chand. He then had to be taken off the
court in a stretcher.
Ong's injury put Malaysia one match down in the medal round tie against
India. However, the rest of the Malaysian team was too strong for the Indian
side and they swept the remaining four matches to gain a 4-1 victory.
After the matches had been completed, Malaysian head coach said that Ong would
be taken for medical treatment but that his first impression was that things
did not look too good.
Ong will probably not play again in the team event medal round which ends
tomorrow with each of the remaining teams playing twice. He may be able to
play in the individual events which begin Wednesday. He is the top-seed in the
men's singles and has a bye in the first round.
The injury to Ong improves England's chances at a men's team event gold medal
although Malaysia still has enough depth to take the championship.
England beat New Zealand 4 matches to 1 in the other men's team event medal
round tie today. Kiwi Nick Hall inflicted the only setback to the English
side when he upset England number one Darren Hall 11-15, 15-10 and 15-8.
In the women's team event medal round, favored England beat the unseeded
Malaysian ladies 3 matches to 2. Joanne Goode and Donna Kellogg provided the
clinching victory in the first doubles, defeating Chor Hooi Yee and Lim Pek
Siah 15-5 and 15-13.
Surprising India, another non-seeded team which made it thru to the medal
round, easily beat Australia 4 matches to 1.
Following are some of the results of the fifth day of badminton team
competition at the 1998 Commonwealth Games being held in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia (seeded teams marked with *; names of winning team's players first):
Completion of Preliminary Round
Sri Lanka beat Botswana 5-0 (Duminda Jayakody beat Harold Ndaba 15-3, 15-7; T. Edirisinghe beat Tebogo Ofentse 15-5, 15-2; Sampath Fernando beat Kabelo Ofentse 15-0, 15-1; Duminda Jayakody/T. Edirisinghe beat Harold Ndaba/Mmoloki Mothala 15-5, 15-7; Janaka De Silva/Palinda Halangoda beat E. Kebairejang/ Kabelo Ofentse 15-1, 15-3)
Wales beat Trinidad and Tobago 5-0 (Geraint Lewis beat Anil Seepaul 15-1, 15-3; Richard Vaughan beat Darron Charles 15-3, 15-6; Matthew Hughes beat Daron Dasent 15-5, 15-7; John Leung/Hughes beat Anil Seepaul/Darron Charles 15-1, 15-7; Richard Vaughan/Andrew Groves-Burke beat Daron Dasent/Sheldon Caldeira 15-4, 15-2)
Brunei beat Ghana 5-0 (Amran Kambar beat Charles Mensah 15-4, 15-12; Mohamad Junid beat Anthony Arthur 15-11, 15-3; Huzaini Mohd. Salleh beat Alexander Ayim 15-8, 15-13; Ermadena Talib/Amran Kambar beat Charles William/Anthony Arthur 15-0, 15-0; Michael Nyau/Fadzli Masri beat Charles Mensah/Alexander Ayim 15-6, 15-10)
England beat New Zealand 4-1 (Darren Hall lost to Nick Hall 15-11, 10-15, 8-15; Simon Archer/Christopher Hunt beat Dean Galt/Daniel Shirley 15-2, 15-2; Mark Constable beat Geoffrey Bellingham 15-0, 15-4; Julian Robertson/Nathan Robertson beat Nicholas Hall/Antonio Gargiulo 15-12, 15-7; Peter Knowles beat Dean Galt 15-9, 15-4)
Malaysia beat India 4-1 (Ong Ewe Hock lost to Gopi Chand Pullela 15-2, 11-8,
retired due to injury; Cheah Soon Kit/Yap Kim Hock beat Jaseel Ismail/Vincent
Lobo 15-4, 15-4; Yong Hock Kin beat Nikhil Kanetkar 15-1, 15-9; Lee Wan Wah/
Choong Tan Fook beat George Thomas/Markose Bristow 15-2, 15-6; Wong Choong
Hann beat Abhinshyam Gupta 15-6,15-10)
Completion of Preliminary Round
Jersey beat Samoa 5-0 (Elizaberth Cann beat Aemalemaloitiafau Wilson 11-0, 11-3; Danielle Le Feuvre beat Phyllis Gordon 11-1, 11-0; Solenn Pastural beat Nellie Gordon 11-4, 11-0; Elizabeth Cann/Danielle Le Feuvre beat Aemalemaloitiafau Wilson/Phyllis Gordon 15-2, 15-5; Solenn Pasturel/Lucy Burns beat Mara Faletoese/Nellie Gordon 15-1, 15-7)
India beat Australia 4-1 (Aparna Popat beat Michaela Smith 11-1, 11-6; Neelima Choudary beat Kellie Lucas 11-4, 11-3; Manjusha Kanwar beat Rayoni Head 11-4, 11-6; Madhumita Bisht/P.V.V. Lakshmi beat Kellie Lucas/Sarah Hicks 15-7, 15-8; Manjusha Kanwar/Archana Deodhar lost to Rhonda Cator/Amanda Hardy 5-11, 6-11)
England beat Malaysia 3-2 (Julia Mann beat Woon Sze Mei 11-8, 11-7; Tracey
Hallam beat Law Pei Pei 11-6, 11-7; Rebecca Pantaney lost to Ng Mee Fen 9-11,
4-11; Joanne Goode/Donna Kellogg beat Chor Hooi Yee/Lim Pek Siah 15-5, 15-13;
Joanne Davies/Sara Sankey lost to Joanne Quay/Norhashikin Amin 7-15, 15-12,
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