Former world junior champion Goh Jin Wei from Penang has become the "darling" at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil. Jin Wei played her role well to secure a point for Malaysia despite their defeat of 3-1 to defending champions Thailand in the team final on Thursday.
For her SEA Games debut in Singapore in 2015, Jin Wei won a bronze and was hailed as the future world star. In front of her home fans and with "Team Malaysia Spirit" vibrating at all SEA Games venues, she played badminton with the same vigour.
Jin Wei put up a stunning performance as Malaysia's second singles. She pulled off a 22-20, 23-25, 22-20 upset over Thailand's world No. 14 Nitchaon Jindapol in 79 minutes.
It was Jin Wei's tremendous fighting spirit and qualities that saw her put Malaysia back in the race but the powerful Thais simply packed too much power to retain the gold.
"It was one of my best matches that gave me satisfaction. Now I can focus on the individual events although I’ve injured my ankle again," said Jin Wei.
"The team gave its best in the team event and I am proud to win the silver for Malaysia...thanks to the Malaysian supporters who turned up at Axiata Arena.”
"The silver could well spur us to be better in the individual events."