The last time the national anthem was sung in a world junior meet was in 2011 when Malaysia won the team event gold, followed by Zulfadli Zulkifli in the boys’ singles and Nelson Heg/ Teo Ee Yi in the boys’ doubles. Today, once again, the ‘Negaraku’ was sung in the state of Lima to celebrate the victory of Goh Jin Wei, better known as Malaysia’s ‘cili padi’ who became the most successful junior shuttler in Malaysia.
She did not only create history by becoming the first Malaysian to lift the world junior crown, she is also the youngest Malaysian to have won such an elusive title in a world meet. The 15 year-old Jin Wei became the country’s pride after her excellent performance at the BWF World Junior Championships (WJC) in Lima, Peru. She defeated compatriot and teammate, Lee Ying Ying, 21/15, 21/16 in the finals early this morning at the ‘Centro de Alto Rendimiento de La Videna’ badminton arena.
“This is definitely one of the happiest moment in my life. In terms of my match today, it was not the best performance as both of us were too eager to win, hence causing us to make many mistakes. However, I realized that I had to control my emotions and stay focused despite the pressure that was mounting in me. It was also causing me to make many unforced errors. So, I just told myself to calm down and eventually, I was able to play my real game.
I would like to dedicate this victory to my parents, my coaches, teammates and also all those who were there to give me their full support. I could not have achieved it without them. At the same time, I am not going to be too proud of my achievement as my parents have always reminded me to stay humble. This victory will be a motivation for me to achieve more in the future,” said Jin Wei after the prize giving ceremony.
Jin Wei’s achievement throughout this year has been remarkable. She won her first title at the German Junior, followed by her second win at the Yonex Belgian International Challenge. Prior to her success in Belgium, Jin Wei had made the nation proud when she secured the bronze medal in the Southeast Asian Games and also the Asian Junior Championships. In October, she went on to win the International Series title in Vietnam. Therefore, she has proven to be one of the most successful player in the junior level.
As for Ying Ying, she was overall happy with her performance here although she felt that she could have done better in the finals.
“I have to be honest that I wasn’t very satisfied with my match against Jin Wei today. I couldn't really play my game and I made so many mistakes. However, this failure is not going to bring me down and this not the end. Instead, it is just the beginning of my career especially when I enter the senior level next year,” said Ying Ying.
The world junior team will arrive in Malaysia on Wednesday afternoon from Lima, Peru.