Thursday, September 25, 2014

2014 Asian Games: Nicol David is Malaysia’s record Asian Games gold medalist

INCHEON: Datuk Nicol David became Malaysia's single most successful Asian Games athlete after winning a record fifth gold medal by beating teammate Low Wee Wern in the women's squash individual final today.

Seven-time world champion, who had been tied with former track star Tan Sri M. Jegathesan, ex-badminton great Datuk Ng Boon Bee and bowler Shalin Zulkifli on four gold medals, won 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 in 59 minutes.

It was Nicol's fourth individual gold since 1998 in five Asian Games campaign in addition to a team gold she won in 2010.

Her five gold medals also means Nicol is also the most successful squash player in Asian Games history.

"It was unbelievable to win," said an elated Nicol at Yeorumul squash courts after the first all-Malaysian Asian Games women's squash final. "I was not focused on the record, just trying to win the match.

"It was a long match with a lot of good rallies. It's a great feeling to finish with gold and silver for Malaysia."

For Wee Wern, she came the closest to beating Nicol in 12 meetings between the pair.

"It's probably the best I've played against her," said World No 7 Wee Wern, who was an individual bronze medalist in Guangzhou four years ago.

*Taken from NST Online

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