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BIRMINGHAM2022: MALAYSIA RECLAIM MIXED TEAM GOLD

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The national badminton squad dethroned defending champions, India to reclaim the mixed team gold in a comprehensive 3-1 victory at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

With the smashing result, Malaysia also avenged the defeat to India with a similar scoreline at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bronze medallists, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik got the ball rolling with a solid win over India's top pair, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty 21-18 21-15 in just 48 minutes.

Professional singles shuttler, Goh Jin Wei put up an admirable display in the defeat against 2019 world champion PV Sindhu 20-22 17-21.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

Up steps Tze Yong who sealed a monumental win in a 66-minute battle against former world No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi 21-19 6-21 21-16.

The 21-year-old Johor born shuttler showed nerves of steel to carve out an important point that not only boosted the team's morale but also dented the confidence in the Indian camp.

Malaysia's top women's doubles pair, Pearly Tan-M Thinaah then clinched the winning point to defeat Gayatri Pullela-Treesa Jolly 21-18 21-17.

For the record, this is Malaysia's fourth mixed team gold medal after Melbourne 2006, New Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.