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Badminton finals decided


Defending Commonwealth champion Wong Choong Hann lost to Hashim Muhammad 7-3 in the fifth set of their menís singles semi-final.

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Wong took the first set 8-6 but after an hour-long psychological battle between two players who know each otherís game inside-out, it was the less-error prone Hashim who triumphed.

The English players all struggled to recapture the kind of form they had shown in winning the gold medal in the team competition.

In the menís doubles, Simon Archer and James Aanderson of England lost to Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming of Malaysia in three sets 7-4, 7-5, 7-2.

The English pair, looking a little tentative, struggled to keep up with the pace of the top-seeds and Chew and Chan were always in control.

Malaysians Choong Tan Fook and Chang Kim Wai dominated their match over England's Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, who looked jaded as they went down 6-8, 3-7, 4-7.

In the surprise of the session, the No 3 seeded New Zealanders Sara Runestein-Petersen and Nicole Gordon beat the Malaysian second pair Wong Pei Tty and Chin Eei Hui.

New Zealand have never won a Commonwealth medal higher than a bronze in any previous Games.

But Lim Pek Siah and Ang Li Peng ensured Malaysia will be represented in the womenís doubles final by reversing their team competition loss to Gail Emms and Joanne Goode of England.

Emms and Goode were error-prone throughout and although they levelled the tie by winning the second set they failed to capitalise and lost 7-4 in the fourth.

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