S’POREAN SHUTTLER DEREK WONG WINS BADMINTON SILVER MEDAL AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Singapore’s Derek Wong on Sunday (Aug 3) won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games badminton men’s singles, after losing 2-1 to India’s Kashyap Parupalli.

In the finals, Wong lost 14-21, 21-11, 19-21 to second-seeded Parupalli.

Wong, 25, is the first Singaporean medallist in the men’s singles event.

Team Singapore is set to return from Glasgow with 17 medals, well short of the 31-medal haul from the 2010 New Delhi Games. This is the medal tally before the men’s doubles final in badminton.

The reduced haul is due to poorer individual performances and fewer team events contested, but Chef-de-Mission Low Teo Ping said the emergence of new powerhouses in certain sports was also a factor.

He said: “Sports like badminton, table tennis – there are now new countries that have emerged to be also powerhouses, like India, and also England. Athletes now know exactly where they stand in terms of the regional competitions, and also the international standards that exist amongst some of the leading countries in the sports we have participated in.”

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