No shame in defeat, says Al Amin

RIO DE JANEIRO — Chef-de-mission Tan Sri Mohamed Al Amin Abdul Majid acknowledged national mixed doubles shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying lost to a better team in the final yesterday.

The Malaysians went down 21-14, 21-12 to Indonesians Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir in barely 45 minutes to win silver.

“We lost to a better pair, we can’t deny that. Peng Soon and Liu Ying gave their best and there’s nothing to be ashamed of,” said Al Amin.

“It didn’t happen today but it’s OK. They wanted to win but the Indonesians were simply too good.”

Let’s look at the positives … we have our best medal tally and broke new ground by winning a medal in cycling.”

He said Team Malaysia still had several chances to secure the elusive gold through badminton (men’s singles and doubles) and diving.

The national contingent secured three medals — two silver and a bronze — in Rio. Divers Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong won silver in the women’s 10m platform synchro last week.

Cyclist Azizulhasni Awang claimed a bronze in the keirin final.

The nation is banking on men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong to pull off a surprise when they face Chinese pair Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the final tonight Malaysian time.

Medal hopeful Lee Chong Wei, meanwhile, will take on Lin Dan in the semifinal earlier.

“Peng Soon and Liu Ying gave their best and there’s nothing to be
ashamed of.”

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