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Wow, Eain Yow

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KUALA LUMPUR — A cool Ng Eain Yow proved he is the man for big occasions by earning Malaysia the winning the point against top seeds Hong Kong in the men’s team final yesterday.

With the tie finely poised at 1-1, the 2016 world junior champion stepped up to swat aside men’s individual gold medallist Leo Au 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 and hand the country its first ever title in the event.

Ivan Yuen’s 11-7, 20-18, 9-11, 11-8 loss to Yip Tsz Fung left Malaysia with an uphill battle but national No 1 Nafiizwan Adnan levelled proceedings with a strong 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 win over Max Lee.

It was also sweet revenge for the 32-year-old over Max, who beat him in the singles semifinals.

Then came the super-confident Eain Yow, whose success gave Malaysia a 2-1 win and their much-awaited seventh gold medal in Indonesia.

Men’s team event was introduced at Guangzhou 2010 but Malaysia have never won gold.

They finished runners-up to Pakistan in 2010 and India in 2014.

Last night’s feat also meant the squash team met their two-gold target.

Nicol David won women’s singles gold last Sunday, beating compatriot S. Sivasangari in the final.

The women’s team added a bronze on Friday after Nafiizwan had bagged men’s individual bronze last Saturday, making this his best Asiad showing.