MALAYSIA’s senior player Ting Ing Hock is on course for his second gold medal when he qualified for the final of the men’s singles Class 9 Para table tennis competition at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre on Friday (Sept 22).
The 52-year-old Ing Hock defeated Myanmar’s Saw Hay Htoo 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 and 11-8 in the semi-finals at Hall 4 of MITEC in the Class 9 category (mild impairments affecting the legs or the playing arm).
He faces Indonesian Supriyatna Gumilar in the final on Saturday (Sept 23). Supriyatna slammed the brakes of a possible all-Malaysian final by defeating Chee Chaoming 9-11, 7-11, 11-4, 15-13 and 14-12 in the semi-finals.
Ing Hock, 52, and Hong Chin Sing, 49, played a crucial role in guiding 20-year-old Chaoming to beat Indonesia 3-2 in their final round-robin match at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Centre (MiTEC) on Thursday for the team gold medal.
Malaysia had earlier dispatched Myanmar and the Philippines with identical 3-0 wins to set up the title showdown with Indonesia.
“I am really aiming to win my second gold in this Para Games as I am contemplating retiring after that to focus on coaching youngsters. I feel bad for Chaoming as he failed to advance to the final but this is sports. He is young and will get his chance with hard work.” – TING ING HOCK
“I have lots of respect for Ing Hock and I am sure lot of Malaysians will come to support him. I will just keep focus on the game and hope to win the gold medal. No matter happens in the final I am happy with my performance in this Para Games.” – SUPRIYATNA GUMILAR