TheStar Dec 2 INDONESIA will be left ruing their decision to commit their ace in the pack, world and Olympic badminton champion Taufik Hidayat, to only the team event. On Wednesday, Malaysia snatched the men’s team gold from their arch-rivals with a come-from-behind 3-2 win in the final at Philsports Multisports Complex in Pasig City, an achievement that left chief coach Yap Kim Hock a satisfied man. As far as Kim Hock is concerned, it is not just the honour of winning the gold but the fact that it has fired up the players to challenge strongly for honours in the individual events as well. “If we had lost the team gold last night, the players would have been down in confidence. This is no good because they have to play the following day. There is no rest day unlike the last time in Vietnam,” he said. “Now, I see determination in them after taking the gold which Indonesia had coveted most.” For the record, it is only the fourth time that Malaysia have won the men’s team gold in the history of the biennial Games. On Lee Chong Wei's defeat by Taufik in the first singles match, Kim Hock said that it could have gone either way. “He caught up to 13-all (in the first game) and had a good chance to kill the shuttle. But he made a half-court return instead,” said Kim Hock. “It is dangerous to allow a player like Taufik too much room. But it’s okay because this is the first time Chong Wei is playing at first singles in a team event. He will learn from it.” All appeared lost for Malaysia after Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat were beaten by Alven Yulianto-Luluk Hadiyanto in the second match. But Mohd Hafiz Hashim sparked a fightback, beating Sony Dwi Kuncoro. Malaysia went on to win the tie with Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah beating Markis Kidho-Hendra Setiawan and Wong Choong Hann downing Simon Santoso. Chong Wei is taking his defeat by Taufik in good stride. He went out jogging yesterday morning ahead of his challenge for individual honours. “Coach (Kim Hock) told me not to take the defeat too hard. I felt better later because the team managed to come back to win the gold,” said the top-seeded Chong Wei. “Taufik is not playing in the individual event. Winning the gold medal is one of the targets I want to achieve this year and I will not take anyone lightly.” Chong Wei had a first-round bye and lived dangerously against Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh (Vie) last night, winning 10-15, 17-14, 15-7 to book his place in the semi-finals.