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Still room for Kien Keat-Boon Heong to grow

KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have brought back some fresh hope in Malaysian men’s doubles badminton with their efforts in the world championships.

They failed to win the title but they showed that there was still room for them to grow after staging a great fight before losing 21-18, 18-21, 14-21 to China’s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng in the final.

They were courageous and showed great determination. But they were glaringly lacking in consistency and confidence to end the race well.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong will have to work on these shortcomings and get them right for the defence of the Asian Games title in Guangzhou in November and also the other major tournaments lined up for them for the next two years.

On Sunday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong had to settle for the silver and it was the fourth runners-up finish in the men’s doubles for Malaysia since the world championships were introduced in 1977.

En route to the final, they did well to beat South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung and two Chinese pairs, Chai Biao-Zhang Nan and Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen.

National doubles coach Rexy Mainaky said that the future was bright for Kien Keat-Boon Heong.

“I was most pleased with the determination showed by them. We will add more quality in their training to make them stronger,” he said.

“They have the chance to go one step better in the world championships in London next year. And their ultimate goal is the 2012 London Olympics.


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