Asian Para Games: Gold escapes Liek Hou's grasp

KUALA LUMPUR: Paralympic champion Cheah Liek Hou was forced to settle for silver after being edged in the men's singles SU5 (phsyical impairment) badminton final at the Hangzhou Asian Games today.

The 35-year-old did well to win the opening set but was not able to hold off a strong fightback from Indonesia's Dheva Anrimusthi and went down 18-21, 21-19, 21-17.

Liek Hou could not hide his disappointment after the match.

"I tried my best but he had several lucky strokes which rattled my rhythm," he told Bernama.

"In the rubber set, I made many mistakes. Obviously I am unhappy but I have to accept the outcome."

National teammate Amin Burhanuddin also lost in the final of the men's singles SL4 (physical impairment), going down 13-21, 21-18, 21-9 to India's Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj.

It was nevertheless a decent achievement for Amin who had been given a target of winning bronze in the category.

In road cycling, Adi Raimie Amizazahan came in second in the men's road race C1-3 (physical impairment) sprint finish to claim silver. China's Liang Weicong (1:27:23s) and Japan's Masaki Fujita took silver and bronze.

Nur Azlia Syafinaz Mohd Zais and pilot Nurul Suhada Zainal picked up their fourth medal of the games after clinching bronze in the women's road race B (visual impairment) after clocking 2:00:23s.

The duo had yesterday won the time trial bronze. In the track events earlier this week they won silver and bronze in the 1,000m time trial and 3,000m individual pursuit events.

In powerlifting, Nicodemus Manggoi Moses clinched bronze after clearing 210 kilogrammes in the men's Under-97kg final.

China's Yan Pan Pan (240kg) won the gold while Uzbekistan's Farhod Umirazakov (228kg) claimed the silver.

In athletics, former Paralympic gold medallist Ridzuan Puzi, 36, was unable to defend his gold in the men's 100m T36 (movement and coordination impairment) after being disqualified for a false start in the final.

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