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Goh V Shem (born Goh Wei Shem, simplified Chinese: 吴伟申; traditional Chinese: 吳偉申; pinyin: wú wĕi shēn, later changed to simplified Chinese: 吴蔚升; traditional Chinese: 吳蔚昇; pinyin: wú wèi shēng; 20 May 1989 in Kuala Lumpur) is a Malaysian professional badminton player in the doubles event. He is partnered with Tan Wee Kiong, a good front court and net player after their outstanding performance in the 2014 Thomas Cup champaign. Together, Goh and Tan won the gold medal for men's doubles and all their matches in the mixed team competition, helping Malaysian team to retain gold medal for the third consecutive time in the mixed team event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They also won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games and the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, thus making them the second Malaysian men's doubles pair to win the silver medal at the Olympics Games 20 years after the achievement by Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock in Atlanta in 1996.

Goh V Shem
Personal information
Birth name Goh Wei Shem
Country  Malaysia
Born (1989-05-20) 20 May 1989 (age 28)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Years active 2007–present
Handedness Right
Coach Jeremy Gan
Men's doubles
Tournaments played 361
Highest ranking 1 (7 November 2016)
Current ranking 4 (13 April 2017[1])
BWF profile
Updated on 08:23, 13 April 2017 (UTC).

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BackgroundEdit

Goh changed his name from Wei Shem to V Shem for good luck. The V stands for 'Victory'.[2]

CareerEdit

Goh represented Malaysia at the 2007 BWF World Junior Championships with Ong Jian Guo where they took the bronze medal.

In 2011, Goh took the men's doubles bronze medal with Lim Khim Wah at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games. In late 2012, Goh was scratch partnered with Teo Ee Yi. They won the 2012 Malaysia International. Then for a brief period of time, Goh was once again partnered with Ong Jian Guo. They were semifinalists at the 2012 Korea Grand Prix Gold after being defeated by Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae.

In 2013, Goh resumed his partnership with Lim. They became bronze medalists at the Asian Championships and won their first tournament together at the 2013 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold after defeating teammates and top seeds, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in the finals. They qualified for the 2013 BWF World Championships but were defeated in the second round by compatriots, Tan Wee Kiong and Hoon Thien How. In mid 2013, Goh briefly partnered Teo Kok Siang. They won the bronze medal at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games but their partnership was cut short when Teo suffered an injury from a car accident.

Goh and Lim's partnership was once again resumed in 2014. They won their first superseries tournament at the 2014 Malaysia Open after defeating China's Chai Biao/Hong Wei in the final. At the 2014 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold, they were runners-up after being defeated by Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Chayut Triyachart of Singapore in the final. Goh played his last tournament with Lim at the 2014 BWF World Championships in September. During the second round match against Lee Sheng-mu/Tsai Chia-hsin of Chinese Taipei, Goh and Lim retired injured as Goh began suffering from backpains mid game.

2014–PresentEdit

Partnership with Tan Wee KiongEdit

In May 2014, Goh was scratch partnered with Tan Wee Kiong to play second men's doubles at the 2014 Thomas Cup. They won all four matches that they contested and defeated several highly ranked shuttlers along the way despite this being the first time that the two has played together internationally. Their debut partnership at the Thomas Cup was widely praised. Malaysia made it to the finals for the first time in 12 years but was narrowly defeated by Japan with a score of 2-3.

In August, they represented Malaysia at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. They went on to take the gold medal and were the only medalists in the tournament who were not seeded. En route to the gold medal, they defeated top seeds, Chris Adcock/Andrew Ellis of England in the semifinals as well as 3rd seeds, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Chayut Triyachart of Singapore in the finals. They also won all five matches they contested in the mixed team event, helping Malaysia secure her third consecutive mixed team gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Following the World Championships in September, Goh and Tan have been officially partnered. They represented Malaysia at the 2014 Asian Games where they made it to semifinals but were once again defeated by top seeds, Lee/Yoo of South Korea. The defeat automatically earned them the bronze medal as there is no bronze medal playoffs in badminton at the Asian Games. En route to the semifinals, they defeated 5th seeds, Lee Sheng-mu/Tsai Chia-hsin of Chinese Taipei in the first round and 3rd seeds, Kenichi Hayakawa/Hiroyuki Endo of Japan in the quarterfinals with a score of 21-16, 21-16.

In 2015, they were semifinalists at the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in January. In March, they became runners-up to Cai Yun/Lu Kai of China at the 2015 Swiss Open with a score of 19-21,21-14,17-21. At the 2015 Sudirman Cup in May, Goh and Tan managed to upset the World No.1 pairing of Lee/Yoo in the first group tie against South Korea. They also defeated the pairing of Manu Attri/Summeeth Reddy in the second group tie against India. Malaysia topped Group D and were drawn against South Korea once again in the quarterfinals but failed to advance. They were then runner-ups at the 2015 Russian Open. At the 2015 BWF World Championships in August, Tan and Goh defeated defending champions Shin Baek-cheol and Ko Sung-Hyun of South Korea in the second round but were defeated in the third round.

In 2016, Goh and Tan won their first title together at the 2016 US Open. They then went on to win their second title at the Indian Grand Prix Gold. They then became beaten semifinalists at the All England Open and the Indian Superseries. At the 2016 Thomas Cup, Goh won three out of his five matches played. Malaysia made it to the semifinals but lost to eventual winners Denmark.

Goh and Tan qualified for their first Olympics at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They won all their matches in the group stage to top group B. They defeated 4th seeds Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan in the group stage, top seeds Lee Yong-Dae/Yoo Yeon-seong in the quarterfinals and 5th seeds Chai Biao/Hong Wei in the semifinals to once again face Fu/Zhang in the finals but this time falling short with a score of 21-16, 11-21, 21-23, taking home silver.

In October, Goh and Tan made it to the semi finals of the Korean Open. In the same year, they won their first Superseries Tournament title as a pair at the Denmark Open. In December, Goh and Tan won the 2016 Dubai World Superseries Finals. Thus, they have now succeeded the achievements by their seniors, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, who were also among the best men's doubles pair in the long history of Malaysian badminton.

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