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AYG: Malaysia top medal tally as squash makes Asian Youth Games debut in Nanjing

Malaysia (centre) beat India (left) in the final of the men's team competition at the Nanjing OSC Squash Hall.

Malaysia (centre) beat India (left) in the final of the men’s team competition at the Nanjing OSC Squash Hall.

August 24, 2013: Malaysia emerged as the best-performing squash nation at the Asian Youth Games with three gold, one silver and one bronze in Nanjing, where the sport was making its competition debut.


India claimed one of each medal, Hong Kong won two silver and three bronze, while Sri Lanka, Japan and Jordan each came away with bronze medals.


Top seed Kush Kumar of India beat second seed Mohd Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia 3-1 (11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7) in the final of the men’s championship at the Nanjing OSC Squash Hall.


Vanessa Raj of Malaysia beat second seed Pansy Chan of Hong Kong 3-1 (11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9) in the women’s final. Malaysia also won the women’s team event after beating second seeds Hong Kong 2-0, with Raj again beating Chan.


However, there was a dramatic upset in the men’s team final when second seeds Malaysia recovered from losing the first match to beat India 2-1. Kamal was the Malaysian hero, avenging his earlier defeat on the individual final by beating Kumar 3-2 (11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6) in a tense 55-minute encounter.


“Squash was delighted to be part of the second Asian Youth Games which have been so very well hosted in Nanjing,” said N Ramachandran, President of the World Squash Federation.


“I am sure all present will have been enthralled with the staging of the squash on the all-glass court and deeply impressed by seeing so much very bright talent on display from many parts of Asia. I hope that this will lead to even further expansion of our squash tour events in China, a very important market for the spread of our great game.”


Asian Youth Games Squash Championships, Nanjing, China


Men’s Final:

[1] Kush Kumar (IND) beat [2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7

Bronze medallists: Ng Eain Yow (MAS) and Yuen Tsun-hei (HKG)


Women’s Final:

[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) beat [2] Pansy Chan (HKG) 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9

Bronze medallists: Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) and Choi Uen-shan (HKG)


Men’s Team Final:

[2] Malaysia beat [1] India 2-1

Ng Eain Yow lost to Vijay Meena Kumar 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 5-11

Mohd Syafiq Kamal beat Kush Kumar 11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6

Darren Chan beat Madhav Dhingra 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-1

Bronze medallists: Hong Kong and Jordan


Women’s Team Final:

[1] Malaysia beat [2] Hong Kong 2-0

Rachel Arnold beat Choi Uen-shan 5-11, 11-7, 13-11, 12-10

Vanessa Raj beat Pansy Chan 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3

Bronze medallists: India and Japan

Malaysia (centre) beat Hong Kong (left) in the final of the women's team competition.

Malaysia (centre) beat Hong Kong (left) in the final of the women’s team competition.

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