V Shem-Wee Kiong becomes the world top ranked pair
Malaysian badminton players Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong are now officially the new men's doubles World No 1!
After winning a silver medal at this year’s Rio Olympic Games, the duo have moved up the BWF (Badminton World Federation) world ranking on Thursday after South Korea’s Lee Yong Dae-Yoo Yeon Seong were removed from the list, New Straits Times reports.
“I am extremely happy because I only got to know about this when I checked the list this morning,” said Goh V Shem.
“We were hoping to end the year on a high, but I did not expect it to happen this soon, especially since we still have the China and Hong Kong Opens to play in. As for now, Wee Kiong and I will remain focused on maintaining our consistency and continue to give our best,” he added.
In the latest BWF ranking, V Shem-Wee Kiong had accumulated 71,297 points followed by China's Chai Biao-Hong Wei in second place with 70,220 while Danish pair Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen is in third with 67,534.
Back in August, the Malaysian pair almost won Malaysia's first ever Olympics gold medal with only two points away, but they ultimately lost to China's Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan in the final.
(Photo source: peraktoday.com.my, 吴蔚昇 & 陳蔚强 Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong Facebook)