KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Ho Yen Mei got a timely boost ahead of the Asian Junior Championships when she nailed the girl’s singles title in the Asean Schools Games at Hanoi, which ended on Sunday.
Yen Mei, an aspiring badminton shuttler from Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), staved off strong resistance from compatriot Yap Rui Chen 21-19, 17-21, 21-14 in the final.
She will now head to Sabah with extra impetus to show that Malaysia have talents in the girls singles department when she takes part in the Asian Junior meet starting on July 7. Malaysia have never featured in the final of the girls’ singles event.
The 17-year-old Yen Mei will be joined by five other singles shuttlers — Rui Chen, Sylvia Kavita Kumares, S. Kisona, Lee Zii Yii and Lee Ying Ying for the Asian junior meet.
Meanwhile, in the Asean Schools Games, Malaysia also won another gold medal in badminton through the boys’ doubles Chua Khek Wei-Mohammad Amzzar.
Malaysia returned home from the Asean meet with a medal haul of 25-30-30 to finish second overall behind champions and hosts Vietnam. Vietnam ended the Games with a massive haul of 50-27-23 to top the eight-country field.
Besides badminton, the other sports contested were aquatics, athletics, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, sepak takraw, pencak silat and artistic gymnastics.