Michaelian Koo Kien Keat and his partner Tan Boon Heong put up a smashing performance to end the country's 25-year wait for the All England men's doubles title after beating China's top seeds Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena here today in Birmingham, England. (11 March 2007)
The Malaysian pair bagged home USD14,400 (RM50,400) prize money.
Tears of emotion rolling down his cheeks during the prize presentation best reflected the feelings of Kien Keat, who has played at the championship three times before with former partner Chan Chong Ming. It was the second title of the year for the duo who had won the Malaysian Open in January.
Their win also completes an accomplishment of having beaten the world's top two pairs in the competition as they had overcome second seeds Jens Eriksen/Martin Lungaard of Denmark in the semi-final yesterday.
Note: Koo won the Perak state doubles championship organised by the BAM Perak on Sept 17, 2000. He was in Form 3 (Year 2000) when he won the single Perak Novice Badminton Championship. His outstanding skills in badminton won him a place at the prestigious Sports Academy in Bukit Jalil, Selangor where he did his Form Four (starting 2001). While there, he was under the coaching of former national doubles player Yap Kim Hock. Koo Kien Keat was born in September 18, 1985 in Ipoh.
We in St Michael's salute your success.