V Shem: We are going for gold

Malaysia’s Goh V Shem has said that he and Tan Wee Kiong have their sights set on winning a gold medal in the men’s doubles badminton final on Friday.

V Shem and Wee Kiong will face the Chinese duo of Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan after they defeated China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei 21-18, 12-21, 21-17 in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

By doing so, they become the first Malaysian men’s doubles pair to reach the final of the Olympics after Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock achieved the feat at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where they won silver.

While V Shem is delighted that he and Wee Kiong will be returning home with a silver medal at the very least, he made it clear that he and his partner are determined to claim the top prize.

“Of course. At least I have a medal now,” he told reporters. “In the final, we have no pressure, just fight all out and try to get a better medal.”

V Shem may be excited about the final, but Wee Kiong is taking a more conservative approach and admitted that he is glad to finally have a few days off.

“At the moment, I need to relax. We’re looking forward to it as we’ve hardly had any time to relax … playing a few tough matches for the last few days,” he said.

Wee Kiong also conceded that he and V Shem suffered a lapse in concentration during their match against Chai and Hong, but added that he glad to have emerged victorious.

“We lost our concentration and were blurred a bit,” he said. “After the second game, the coaches (Jeremy Gan and Chin Eei Hui) discussed tactics with us and we managed to keep ahead.”