S'pore shuttler just misses out on Commonwealth gold
JUST two points separated Derek Wong from a place in Singapore sporting immortality yesterday.
The badminton player was bidding to become the first Singapore man to win the Commonwealth Games men's singles gold but eventually fell 14-21, 21-11, 19-21 to India's Kashyap Parupalli.
But the 25-year-old, son of 1983 SEA Games champion Wong Shoon Keat and former national player Irene Lee, can take comfort in knowing that he is still the first male Singaporean shuttler to win a Commonwealth Games medal.
The clash between the 21st-ranked Parupalli and the 40th-ranked Wong was a tense affair from the start.
Back by vociferous cheers from a section of the crowd, the Indian, who was the bronze medallist at the previous edition in 2010 in New Delhi, took the first game easily.
Wong came back in the second but it was neck and neck in the rubber. At 19-19, it was anyone's game but it was Parupalli who held his nerve to seal the match and title in 61 minutes.
In the women's singles, Michelle Li became the first Canadian to win gold as she saw off the challenge of Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour and her passionate home following with a 21-14, 21-7 win.
The husband-and-wife pair of Chris and Gabrielle Adcock comfortably captured the mixed doubles title with a straightforward 21-9, 21-12 victory over English teammates Chris Langridge and Heather Olver.