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SEA GAMES 2019: MALAYSIA CROWNED OVERALL CHAMPION

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Dec

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It was a glorious day for Malaysia at the Philippines SEA Games as the national badminton team sealed three gold and one silver on the final day.

S Kisona sealed a surprise first gold continuing her sparkling form with a come-from-behind win over Ruselli Hartawan of Indonesia 20-22 21-14 21-13.

Lee Zii Jia doubled the joy and was imperious in the battle between childhood rivals, Loh Kean Yew of Singapore 21-18 21-18.

After coming up short in five international finals, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik finally claimed their maiden title and they did it in some style. The determined pair bounced back from a game down to beat Thailand's rejuvenated Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit 18-21 21-15 21-16 to end the country's 16-year wait for a men's doubles gold.

Earlier, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai lost a tightly contested match against world No. 5 Praveen Jordan-Melati Oktavianti  19-21 21-19 21-23 to settle for their second consecutive SEA Games silver.

The overall feat saw Malaysia ending the campaign on a high with the highest gold medal haul at the Southeast games since 1975 with three gold, two silver and five bronze medals.