Meanwhile, Malaysia successfully defended the Team title by winning their fifth gold medal of the competition. Esther Cheah, Sin Meanwhile, national sensation Rafiq Ismail lived up to his reputation by capturing his third gold medal of the games after he ousted Thailand's Yannaphon Larpapharat, 213-190 in just one match. The Thai had beaten third-seed, Alex Liew of Malaysia, 246-209 in the semi-finals to prevent an all-Malaysian final.
Rafiq had started his campaign winning his first gold medal in the Singles event on the opening day. His second gold came in the Mixed Doubles event partnering Sin Li Jane. Yannaphon added a second silver medal to the first he won in the Trios event two days ago.
Liew, who won the Doubles gold medal with Syafiq Ridhwan added the bronze medal to his collection. Yannaphon had topped the first block of the earlier Masters preliminaries but Rafiq, who was third, leapfrog into top spot in the second block to advance to the stepladder finals as top seed.