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Chinese Taipei's Lee/Wang win gold in badminton men's doubles at Tokyo 2020

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-08-01 07:54
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Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (L) of China celebrate scoring during the badminton men's doubles final against Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin (L) of Chinese Taipei at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, July 31, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

TOKYO - Chinese Taipei's world No 3 Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin beat China's third seeds Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen 2-0 in badminton men's doubles final to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics Saturday.

Lee and Wang were trailing 10-6 before they caught up to lead a 21-18 win. Li/Liu, unable to bounce back, were overwhelmed by their opponents and lost the second set 21-12 to settle for their first Olympic silver.

Lee/Wang had knocked out the event's top seeds Marcus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia 2-1 in group stage and ousted Indonesia's second seeds Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan 2-0 in only 27 minutes in the semifinals.

The pairing of Lee and Wang started in 2019. Before they reached the Olympic podium, they have claimed several golds in world tournaments, including 2019 Orleans Masters, 2019 India Open and 2020 Thailand Open.

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