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Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon win silver medal at Rio 2016

The pair finish second to Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 18 Aug 2016

Goh/Chan win silver
Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

[Updated 18 August 2016] Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon took home the silver medal, the best a badminton mixed doubles team from Malaysia has ever achieved at the Olympics. The pair lost 21-14, 21-12 to Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, who played an undeniably strong game to sweep the gold medal.

"There was nothing that we could do as the Indonesians were in top form. Their determination to win was so great," Liu Ying told News Straits Times. Peng Soon added that "we are both happy to win the silver considering that we were glad to have just made the semi-finals." We're so proud of you two!

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Malaysian badminton players Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon are the first Malaysian mixed doubles pair to have reached the Olympic finals! The duo beat Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba of Poland with a score of 21-17, 21-10 in the quarterfinals on Sunday, before defeating China's Xu Chen and Ma Jin 21-13, 21-19 at the semi-finals yesterday.

Essentially, another silver medal is already in the bag for Malaysia, though we wouldn't say no to a gold.

"We have worked a lot on our consistency and combination," Liu Ying said after their quarterfinals win. "In the Olympics, you have to be strong mentally and be confident. We are at that stage. But we are not thinking too far ahead. We just want to take one match at a time and go as far as possible."

Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon will play against finalists Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir tomorrow morning.

Good luck, you two!


Also, can we take a moment to appreciate their game faces?

 


Related: Meet our female Olympians: Goh Liu Ying
Related: Is Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling the one who got away?
Related: What you'll remember about the Rio 2016 Olympics


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