Evergreen skipper, Datuk Lee Chong Wei rolled back the years with a sensational come from behind 19-21 21-14 21-14 win against world No. 1, K Srikanth in the men’s singles final at the Carrara Sports & Leisure Centre, Gold Coast.
The 35-year-old cunning veteran utilised his experience and displayed steely resilience to overcome Srikanth, who was 11 years his junior in an enthralling contest. The victory helped the Malaysian contingent meet the six-gold medal target on the last day.
It was Chong Wei’s fifth overall gold medal – and third in the singles – in three Commonwealth Games, equalling Koo Kien Keat’s record of five gold medals. He won a double – singles and team golds – at the 2006 Melbourne and 2010 New Delhi Games.
Unseeded Vivian Hoo-Chow Mei Kuan then made it seven golds for Malaysia with an impressive 21-12 21-12 win against England’s Lauren Smith-Sarah Walker in the women’s doubles final.
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying settled for a bronze in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles respectively while top seeds Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai crashed out in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.