Aaron-Wooi Yik win bronze in badminton – Malaysia’s first medals at Tokyo games

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Malaysian men’s badminton doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik beat Indonesia’s Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan to win the bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

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The duo beat the competition in a rubber match, 17-21, 21-17, 21-14.

This is Malaysia’s first medal at the Tokyo games.

The duo came back from a lacklustre first set to win their first ever Olympic medal in their maiden appearance.

It was the Malaysian pair’s second win over the Indonesians in nine meetings. In fact, Aaron-Wooi Yik had lost to Ahsan-Hendra in the group stage last week.

The world No. 9 pair are the only survivors in the badminton draw after every other shuttler, except men’s singles ace Lee Zii Jia, lost in the group stages.

At the Rio Olympics five years ago, Malaysia won three silver medals through former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei, men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.

The only time the Malaysian badminton squad returned home empty-handed was at the 2000 Sydney Games and 2004 Athens edition.