NAYPYITAW: Thai shuttler Maneepong Jongjit showed that he has put his three-month ban behind him by reaching the final of the mixed doubles event at the SEA Games.
On Friday, the 22-year-old Maneepong and his partner T. Sapsiree displayed an indomitable spirit en route to a sensational 21-15, 21-17 win over Malaysia’s Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing in the semi-finals.
They will take on top seeds Mohd Rijal-Debby Susanto of Indonesia, who prevented an all-Thai final after disposing of Nipitphon Puangpuapech-Puttita Supajirakul 21-11, 18-21, 21-19 in the other semi-final.
Maneepong was happy that he has returned well to competitive play after the dark period in his badminton career.
He was banned for three months following an ugly brawl with his former partner Bodin Isara during the Canada Open in July. Bodin, who punched and kicked Maneepong, was severely punished with a two-year ban.