Singapore’s sporting world celebrated its first-ever badminton world champion last night.
Shuttler Loh Kean Yew won the title at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain, after beating India’s Kidambi Srikanth, who was No. 22 in the world. Prior to the finals, Loh defeated Danish badminton players Viktor Axelsen and Anders Antonsen, who were first- and third-best worldwide, respectively.
“Only in my wildest dreams do I dare of this day – of a world champs medal, and of Singapore’s first,” Loh wrote on Instagram this morning.
He added: “It’s been the most incredible ride so far, and it only pushes me on to continue to work hard to be a better athlete.”
Loh won the men’s singles finals with the score 21-15, 22-20. In the same post, he thanked his competitors and those who supported him, including the Singapore Badminton Association and his family.
“It means a lot to me to know that I am in good company in this journey,” he said.