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Loh overcomes ankle harm to turn out to be Singapore’s first badminton world champ

Loh overcomes ankle harm to turn out to be Singapore’s first badminton world champ

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FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Badminton – Males’s Singles – Group Stage – MFS – Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Loh Kean Yew of Singapore reacts in the course of the match towards Jonatan Christie of Indonesia. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Loh Kean Yew grew to become Singapore’s first badminton world champion with a 21-15 22-20 win over India’s Kidambi Srikanth in Huelva, Spain on Sunday, taking part in by way of the ache of an ankle harm that left him in a wheelchair only a day earlier.

Loh, 24, damage his proper ankle in his quarterfinal win over India’s H.S. Prannoy on Friday and aggravated the harm in his semifinal win over Dane Anders Antonsen the next day.

Barely capable of stroll because of the ache, Loh had to make use of a wheelchair to get round.

“I assumed I used to be completed as a result of it damage like hell, and I couldn’t stroll,” Loh advised The Straits Instances. “However I advised myself to push by way of the ache and go all out within the remaining, and coped with ice and a few remedy, and it paid off.”

Loh, who climbed to quantity 10 on the planet, needed to battle again from 9-3 down within the opening recreation earlier than happening to seal the win and be a part of an elite membership.

Solely gamers from China, Indonesia, Denmark and Japan had gained the lads’s title for the reason that inaugural competitors in 1977.

“I grew up watching Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei taking part in such huge finals and now I’m right here as world champion. It’s unbelievable,” Loh stated.

“I’m honoured to ship this primary gold for Singapore. I do know many have been staying as much as observe my progress and I need to thank everybody for his or her help and for being an enormous motivation.”

Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi beat world primary Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan to win the ladies’s world title, whereas compatriots Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi took the lads’s doubles crown.

China’s Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan gained the ladies’s doubles title whereas Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai had been the combined doubles champions.

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