Original article from http://thestar.com.my
PARIS: Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong fell in the final hurdle at the World Badminton Championships here on Sunday.
The world number one pair went down fighting 21-18, 18-21, 14-21 to China's Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng. The defeat now means that Malaysia will have to wait yet longer to land its first ever world badminton crown.
The Chinese pair, however, made history by becoming the first duo to win three world crowns.
However, just a day earlier on Saturday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong made it a great day in Paris for Malaysia when they stormed into the country’s first men’s doubles final in 13 years at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium.
The duo showed strong determination to claw back from 10-16 in the second game to beat China’s Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen 21-14, 21-18 in 40 minutes.
It was the Malaysian pair’s first final appearance in three outings after their failure to live up to expectations in the Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and Hyderabad last year.
For the record, Kien Keat-Boon Heong are only the fourth Malaysian pair to reach the final in the World Championships since its inception in 1977.
The others are Cheah Soon Kit-Yap Kim Hock (1997, Glasgow), Cheah Soon Kit-Soo Beng Kiang (1993, Birmingham) and Razif-Jalani Sidek (1987, Beijing).
p/s: Please stop dreaming for a while..too much pressure put on the pair shoulders. I watch this game live yesterday and at the half of second set I told my father who are badminton fanatic, "If this bullshit games and 4 point consecutively can be collected by China's pair, Malaysia will be fail to win!" and I zzzzzzzz maybe in the middle of second set. Another National Day prize wrongly delivered to China (after Lee Chong Wei failure in Olympic 2008)