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Loh Kean Yew becomes first Singaporean to win World Championship men's singles title

Loh Kean Yew becomes first Singaporean to win World Championship men's singles title

Singapore's Loh Kean Yew celebrates on the podium after winning the men's singles final badminton match of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, on Dec 19, 2021.

Badminton player Loh Kean Yew has sealed his place in the history books by becoming the first Singaporean to win a BWF World Championship title.

The world number 22 beat India’s Srikanth Kidambi 21-15, 22-20 in the men’s singles final in Huelva, Spain, on Sunday (Dec 19) to cap off a fairytale run.

Unseeded in the tournament, Loh stunned the likes of world number one Viktor Axelsen and world number three Anders Antonsen en route to taking the crown.

The match was the second career meeting between both players. Loh had not beaten world no 14 Srikanth prior to this clash. 

 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated Loh on his win.

"Well done, Kean Yew! You do Singapore proud. Looking forward to your next success!" Mr Lee wrote on Facebook shortly after Loh's victory.

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