Saturday , June 19 2021

Badminton: Shuttler Jin Wei closes her junior career with a world crown

JAYA PETALING: Goh Jin Wei, 18, repeated this by saying goodbye to her excellent young career in badminton in a big way, defeating the Danish line Christophersen 21-13, 21-11, to regain the girls' singles crown at the Junior World Championships in Markham, Canada on Sunday.

Jin Wei, the third seed, belonged to her class.

In just 31 minutes, she won the 13-time Christophersen to finish the great double game after winning the Olympic gold medal in Buenos Aires last month in Argentina.

By adding the second title to the one she previously won in Lima, Peru in 2015, Jin Wei became the third world champion in Malaysia.

The other players who made this feat were: Chan Chong Ming (boy's debla with Jeremy Ganem in 1996, Teo Kok Seng in 1998, Joanne Quay in mixed doubles in 1998) and Ow Yao Han (boys from Douoi Chooi Kah Ming in 2009 and Yew Hong Kheng 2010).

After her victory in 2015, Jin Wei failed to regain the title in the previous two auctions.

In Bilbao, Spain in 2016, she managed to reach the last 16 people before winning bronze in her third appearance at Yogyakarta, Indonesia last year.

But Jin Wei could not resist this time, certainly not after shooting the leading Wang Zhiyi from China – the same rival whom she defeated for YOG gold – in the Saturday semi-finals.

"This is my last junior tournament and I'm happy to finish it with gold," said Jin Wei.

"It was an amazing year, winning my second world title and YOG gold, but I'm not going to look, because that's all in the past.

"The moment I left the podium, I start everything from the beginning," said Jin Wei with a hard look.

However, Malaysia's hopes of getting double joy did not materialize, because Toh Ee Wei-Pearly Tan Koong Le came 16-21 16-21 to the top Chinese Liu Xuanxuan-Xia Yuting in the girls' final finals.

This is the second time that Ee Wei-Pearly has left the main championship. They also weakened in the final of the Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta in July.

It was, however, a great effort on the part of the duo, which registered the best result of the country in its performance in the silver medal.

They improved on the bronze medal won by Goh Liu Ying-Ng Hui Lin in New Zealand in 2007.

The team leader, Jadadish Chandra, said that hauling one gold and one silver meant a successful campaign for the national side, and they will build it next year.

"Jin Wei and a few other team members say goodbye to WJC and start their senior careers.

"I am happy with the overall performance of our team and we will definitely want to improve next year when the tournament will be held in Assam, India," he said.

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