China claimed both the men's and women's team titles at the on-going 6th East Asian Games (EAG) here on Thursday.
Paced by world No. 2 Chen Long and world No. 3 Du Pengyu, The Chinese men's team enjoyed an all-win record in their previous three ties under a round-robin format. Their opponents on Thursday, Hong Kong of China, also collected three straight victories, making their encounter the gold-medal decider for the event.
The 24-year-old Chen only needed 28 minutes to take the opening win for China, outclassing world 11th ranked Hu Yun 21-11 and 21-7 in front of a jubilant crowd.
The second match featured Du and the 12th ranked Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong, China. Du grabbed the first game at 21-11 and launched a 10-0 run in the second before Wong decided to retire from the match due to an injury to his crotch.
In the third match China fielded the 23-year-old rising star Wang Zhengming, champion of 2013 China Badminton Masters, to play against Ng Ka Long Angus. It appeared to be another easy win for China as the 9th ranked Wang took the first game at 21-11. But Ng refused to throw in the towel, tying 10-10 with Wang in the second game. After leading 11-10 into the interval, Wang left no chance to Eg, wrapping up the game 21-15 to secure the gold for China.