August 2nd, 2012

金城武//Grr face (I melted)

Disqualified China badmintion star quits

One of the Chinese badminton players disqualified from the Olympics for throwing a match says she's quitting the sport.

"This is my last time competing. Goodbye Badminton World Federation, goodbye my beloved badminton," said Yu Yang on her microblog. "You have heartlessly shattered our dreams. It is just unforgivable."

Yu, 26, and her partner Wang Xiaoli were disqualified by the Badminton World Federation for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" -- an incident that sparked anger among Chinese sports fans. The scandal has been one of the most talked-about subjects on China's Twitter-like microblogs, with many fans calling it a "humiliation" for the national team.

The Badminton World Federation also disqualified two South Korean pairs and one Indonesian duo for trying to lose their first round games to secure better standing for the following knockout round.

Crowds booed their lacklustre performances on Tuesday as they appeared to deliberately hit the shuttlecock into the net or out of bounds.


Well.. =/

Feng Tianwei puts Singapore on Olympic medal table

Singapore's agonising 52-year-wait for an individual Olympic medal ended in emphatic fashion as  Feng Tianwei beat Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa to claim third place in the table tennis women's singles competition on Wednesday.

[See Feng in action here]

Buoyed by her encouraging showing in Tuesday's semi-final defeat against China's Ding Ning, Feng was the more aggressive of the two players from the get go, as she attacked her younger opponent with verve and purpose.

An early rally went the way of the 25-year-old Singaporean and from then on, Feng relinquished the lead only once as she won the first game 11-9 in under seven minutes.

The China-born sixth seed dominated the match thereafter, giving the 19-year-old Ishikawa no chance with her ferocious forehands and angled drives.

Feng held four game points before winning the second game 11-6 in six minutes.

The surprisingly one-sided contest continued in Feng's favour in the third game as she pummelled Ishikawa with a relentless array of devastating shots. Not surprisingly, she easily took the game 11-6.

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Lin Dan, Chong Wei reach Olympic badminton semis

 Lin Dan of China celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's Singles Gold Medal Match

LONDON (AP) -- Archrivals and friends Lin Dan of China and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia passed rigorous tests as they moved toward meeting in the final of the London Olympics' scandal-tainted badminton tournament.

Defending champion Lin got a thorough workout from fellow left-hander Sho Sasaki before the Japanese fell short 21-12, 16-21, 21-16 in a 75-minute quarterfinal.

Chong Wei, in his first tournament 10 weeks after tearing right ankle ligaments, was impressive again as he dismissed a surprising challenge from Parupalli Kashyap of India, 21-19, 21-11.

Standing in the way of a dream final were Chen Long of China, the 2010 world champion, and Lee Hyun-il of South Korea, who avenged his Beijing Games bronze-medal playoff defeat to Chen Jin by beating the third-string Chinese 21-15, 21-16.

On Friday, Lee will try to beat Lin for the first time in four years, while Chong Wei takes on Chen Long.

"Lin is perfect in every way: Strokes, power, accuracy," Lee said. "What is important for me is my confidence. I will make sure I play with no regrets."

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