His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman attended the final day of the Brunei National Open Badminton Championship 2019 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of The Centrepoint Hotel last night.
Also in attendance were Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.
Their Royal Highnesses watched the men’s doubles ‘A’ final between the pairing of Jaspar Yu Woon Chai and Dicky Gio and duo Dodi Setiadi and Lai Shiou Yeh as well as the mixed doubles final between duo James Liaw Hyuen Gloong and Samantha Lee Harn Rou and the pair of Zainul Mohd Yusof and Wiwi Rahman.
Earlier in the competition, the under-13 final between Bernard Russell Ak Bayan and Muhd Izzuddin bin Ermadena was held at the centre court.
The men’s doubles ‘A’ produced a succession of long rallies which excited the crowd as the pairing of Jaspar Yu and Dicky succeeded in nullifying the attacks of duo Dodi and Lai.
The mixed doubles final saw a thrilling conclusion after Zainul and Wiwi saved championship point before Samantha Lee doused concerns of the match moving into a deciding set with the winning point of the game.
The prize presentation ceremony began with the under-13 category as Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim was awarded a bronze medal for a joint third place finish alongside Mohd Haziq bin Roze.
Bernard Russell took gold after his straight set (21-11, 21-13) victory while beaten finalist Muhd Izzuddin snatched silver.
Ling Dai Hau emerged as winner of the men’s singles category after he completed a straight set win (21-7, 21-13) against Jaspar Yu in the final. Elvis Hii Zhen Yu and Awangku Abdul Halim Al Hakim shared bronze following their last-four exploits.
Riefhan Jawaheer bin Jemain bagged the gold medal in the boys’ under-18 singles category after a straight set (21-9, 21-17) win in the final against Elvis Hii Zhen Yu, who snatched silver. Jeffswell Jidat Ak Roland and James Ling Lee Sheng both won joint bronze.
Jaspar Yu and Dicky Gio claimed gold in the men’s doubles ‘A’ while James Liaw and Samantha won gold in the mixed doubles event.
In the veterans’ doubles, the pair of Dodi Setiadi and Haji Wahid bin Ismail took gold after they defeated the duo Dulkadim bin Hunin and Ali Mustapha bin Haji Abdul Hamid, who won silver, 21-19 21-13 in the finals.
The women’s doubles saw Samantha Lee and Soon Jia Yi on top of the podium with gold while Wiwi Rahman and Williani Setiawati earned the label of silver medallists.
In the men’s doubles ‘B’ category, the pairing of Adde Shafiezan bin Radinkanoro and Adde Shaeiman bin Radinkanoro struck gold while duo Hasrul Nursal and Mohd Rudi Mohd Jenin settled for silver.