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SEA Games: Indon Young Guns Dash Malaysian Golden Hopes
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August 10, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - This evening at the 20th South East
Asian Games now underway in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Indonesia dashed
archrival Malaysia's hopes of breaking their dominance of the badminton men'=
team event and of finally taking the gold medal after many years of finishin=
up in second place. In today's best-of-five-matches championship meet, the
youthful Indon team defeated their Malaysian counterparts 3 matches to none
(the meaningless last two matches were not played).
Teenage sensation Taufik Hidayat humbled Wong Choon Hann in the opening
singles match 15-5 and 15-2. In the men's doubles contest that followed, Eng
Hian and Flandy Limpele put down the battling combination of Choong Tan Fook
and Lee Wan Wah in three sets 15-3, 6-15 and 15-12. Ronny Agustinus then
overcame veteran Rashid Sidek in another three-setter 15-8, 5-15 and 15-12
to give Indonesia the men's team gold medal.
The Indonesian women's badminton team also triumphed today to claim anoth=
gold medal for their country. They defeated Thailand 3 matches to none with
the last two contests in the five-match championship meet left unplayed.
Cindana Hartono led off for the Indonesian women with an 11-6 and 11-1 wi=
over Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn. In the second contest, Lidya Djaelawidjaya
drubbed Satinee Changkrajangwong 11-0 and 11-2. Etty Tantri and Chynthia
Tuwankotta then clinched the gold medal for Indonesia when they beat Saralee
Thungtongkam and Ekmongkolpaisarn 15-9, 6-15 and 15-2.
Singapore and Thailand won the bronze medals in the men's team event. In =
women's event, Malaysia and Vietnam shared third place.
Competition in the individual events begins tomorrow.
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