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Chris Ryder & Lim Yoke Wah Win World Gold In Hungary

3 Sep 2006

Chris Ryder and Lim Yoke Wah won gold medals for Great Britain and Malaysia, respectively, in the individual finals of the World University Championships in Szeged, Hungary.

Ryder's patience played off in a magnificent example of tactical manoeuvring of the top-seeded Hungarian who is ranked 65 in the world. The 26-year-old Loughborough University student dropped the first game in 25 minutes, but by the time he had clinched the second 10/8, Krajcsak was looking decidedly weary.

Although the Briton took the third game for the loss of just a single point, Krajcsak threatened to come back at the start of the fourth, until his legs gave up and Ryder clinched the match 7-9, 10-8, 9-1, 9-4 in 89 minutes to become the World University Champion, adding the individual title to the team title won by Great Britain earlier in the week.

Lim Yoke Wah, the No2 seed, dropped the first two games in the women's final against Kathrin Rohrmueller, the unseeded German who made her breakthrough in the semi-finals where she beat Canadian favourite Katie Patrick.

The 20-year-old Malaysian survived close third and fourth games before cruising to victory in the fifth in a 6-9, 1-9, 10-8, 10-9, 9-2 scoreline.

Chris Ryder's GB team-mate Lauren Siddall (Leeds University) secured a comfortable 3/0 win in the third-place play-off against Canada's top seed Katie Patrick to win bronze in the women's individual event, adding to the individual bronze won by Joel Hinds (Birmingham) in the men's championship.

Men's final:
[3/4] Chris Ryder (GBR) bt [1] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 7-9, 10-8, 9-1, 9-4 (89m)

Women's final:
[2] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) bt Kathrin Rohrmueller (GER) 6-9, 1-9, 10-8, 10-9, 9-2