OLYMPICS/Taiwan men's badminton duo defeats China to win Olympic gold

07/31/2021 09:01 PM
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Lee Yang (left) and Wang Chi-lin. CNA photo July 31, 2021
Lee Yang (left) and Wang Chi-lin. CNA photo July 31, 2021

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Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton duo Lee Yang (李洋) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) won their country's first Olympic gold medal in the sport Saturday, when they prevailed over a third-seeded Chinese pair in the finals of the men's doubles competition at the Tokyo Games.

Lee and Wang, both first-time Olympians, defeated Liu Yuchen (劉雨辰) and Li Junhui (李俊慧) of China 21-18, 21-12 in a 34-minute final at Tokyo's Musashino Forest Sport Plaza.

Lee Yang (left) and Wang Chi-lin. CNA photo July 31, 2021
Lee Yang (left) and Wang Chi-lin. CNA photo July 31, 2021

The victory by the Taiwanese pair marks the first time that Taiwan has ever won a spot on an Olympic podium for the sport of badminton.

As of Saturday, Taiwan had bagged a total of seven medals in Tokyo -- two golds, two silvers and three bronzes -- topping its previous best of five medals in 2000 and 2004.

(By Matthew Mazzetta)

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