Malaysia missed out on both the men’s and women’s titles at Dodgeball World Championships in Cancun, Mexico.
The men’s team were denied their hattrick after succumbing to a 4-9 defeat at the hands of arch rivals USA. The women, hoping to wrest the title back from the Americans, were also beaten 5-7 in their finals.
The Americans have now repeated the double feat they last achieved in 2015.
The Malaysian men had edged the Americans 6-5 in the preliminary rounds and were hoping to repeat the feat i n the final. But they were up against a resurgent USA, with a better game plan in the final.
It was sweet revenge for the Americans, who were beaten 4-5 in sudden death for the title in Los Angeles last year by Malaysia. The Malaysians had also grabbed the title in 2017 in Toronto.
The Malaysian women came into the final, having lost 5-7 to the USA in the preliminary rounds. They lost by the same margin to their superior rivals in the final.
For the Malaysian girls, who were beaten 5-8 by the Americans in the final last year, hopes of revenge will have to wait until next year when the World Dodgeball Championships takes place in Glasgow from Sept 1-6.
Glasgow will see the first time the event would see both the cloth and foam formats being contested.
Meanwhile the bronze in the men’s section in Cancun went to Canada, who edged out Australia 10-9 while it was reverse in the women’s third place playoff with Australia defeating the Canadians 9-8 in overtime.