2nd Asian Youth Games, Nanjing (17-23 Aug’13)

Six nations shared the Squash medals in the sport’s maiden appearance in the Asian Youth Games at the Nanjing OSC Squash Hall in Nanjing, China.
Malaysia emerged as the best performing team with three gold, one silver and one bronze, with India claiming one of each medal, and Hong Kong China boasting two silver and three bronze. In addition, Sri Lanka, Japan and Jordan came away with bronze medals.

India and Malaysia struck gold in the individual championships after successes by the top seeds – Kush Kumar (IND) beating Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) in a tightly fought 57-minute men’s final to win the first gold for India at the games and Vanessa Raj (MAS) overcoming Pansy Chan (HKG) in the women’s.
Again the favourites triumphed in the women’s team final when Malaysia beat second seeds Hong Kong China 2/0.

But there was a upset in the men’s team final when second seeds Malaysia recovered from losing the first match to beat India 2/1 – the Malaysian hero being Mohd Syafiq Kamal who avenged his earlier defeat individual gold medal defeat by beating Indian Kush Kumar 11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 in a tense 55-minutes encounter.

RESULTS: Asian Youth Games Squash Championships, Nanjing, China
Men’s Final:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt [2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 (57m)
Bronze medallists: Ng Eain Yow (MAS) & Yuen Tsun-Hei (HKG)

Women’s Final:
[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt [2] Pansy Chan (HKG) 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
Bronze medallists: Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) & Choi Uen Shan (HKG)

Men’s Team Final:
[2] MALAYSIA bt [1] INDIA 2/1
Ng Eain Yow lost to Vijay Meena Kumar 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 5-11 (64m)
Mohd Syafiq Kamal bt Kush Kumar 11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 (55m)
Darren Chan bt Madhav Dhingra 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-1 (37m)
Bronze medallists: HONG KONG CHINA & JORDAN

Semi-finals:
[1] INDIA bt [3] HONG KONG CHINA  2/1
Madhav Dhingra lost to Tsz Kwan Lau 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 7-11 (45m)
Kush Kumar bt Yuen Tsun-Hei  11-5, 11-5, 1-11, 11-13, 11-8 (59m)
Vijay Meena Kumar bt Chris Lo  8-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (66m)

Women’s Team Final:
[1] MALAYSIA bt [2] HONG KONG CHINA 2/0
Rachel Arnold bt Choi Uen Shan 5-11, 11-7, 13-11, 12-10 (49m)
Vanessa Raj bt Pansy Chan 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 (78m)
Bronze medallists: INDIA & JAPAN

About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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