Malaysia's hopes of ending their SEA Games gold medal drought in the badminton men's team event did not materalise after losing to Indonesia 1-3 in the final at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on Wednesday.
In a repeat of the 2017 final in Kuala Lumpur, where the national men's team lost 0-3, Malaysia started off on the wrong foot as Lee Zii Jia failed to pose too much trouble for Jonathan Christie, losing 9-21, 17-21.
However, men's doubles pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik managed to restore parity by beating Fajar Alfian and Rian Ardianto 21-17, 21-13.
In the third game, Soong Joo Ven put on a strong performance against Anthony Ginting, whom he last faced at the Vietnam Open in 2015, but the world number eight proved to be too good as he lost 21-13, 15-21, 18-21.
Men's doubles shuttlers Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi then crashed to a 16-21, 19-21 loss to Wahyu Nayaka and Ade Yusuf to hand Indonesia their sixth straight SEA Games gold medal in the event since 2007 — badminton team events were not held in 2013.
Malaysia last won the gold medal in 2005.
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