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Beijing 2008 - Team GB: Badminton (pic)

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Published: 06 August 2008
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Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms have been one of the great British sporting double acts in recent years.

The badminton mixed doubles pair came to national prominence at the Athens Olympics when they exceeded all expectations by winning the silver medal.

Their final contest against China's Zhang Jun and Gao Ling was one of the most thrilling and memorable events at the Games, with the British pair just edged out in the deciding game despite being up 11-8 at one stage.

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Best Chance Of An Olympic Gold In Chong Wei's Court

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 August 2008
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BEIJING, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysias best ever hope of winning a gold medal in the Olympics will undoubtedly rest on the shoulders of the shuttlers, more precisely on men's singles world number two Lee Chong Wei, who will helm the local charge.
 
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Badminton world champion Cai vows to perform best

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Published: 06 August 2008
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BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Badminton men's doubles world champion Cai Yun vowed here Wednesday to play his best games on home soil at the impending Beijing Olympics.
 

Bao hopes to meet teammate in badminton men's singles

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Published: 06 August 2008
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BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shuttler Bao Chunlai, the world's number three men's singles player, said here Wednesday he wanted to see a teammate if he enters the final at the Olympic Games.
 

Badminton’s bad boy (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2008
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In the U.S., badminton is nothing much more than a game played during a backyard barbecue. But in much of Asia, it’s a national passion and the elite players are amazingly skilled, having to handle serves that can top 200 mph. Image

The favorite in the men’s singles is Lin Dan of China, who owns a ton of titles but has yet to win an Olympic gold medal. He’s a national star, his girlfriend, Xie Xingfang, is also top-ranked and he would fit right in with American jocks who like to play the bad boy.

Lin’s most recent public bust-up was with South Korea’s Chinese coach Li Mao in January.
During a defeat to Lee Hyun-il, Lin threw his racket in Li’s direction after protesting a line call awarding a match point to Lee. Lin refused to apologise for his outburst, saying Li was insulting him in Chinese.

In April, Lin was forced to deny on his blog newspaper reports that he had punched his coach Ji Xinpeng in training.

Despite his indiscipline, Lin is an officer in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and signals his victories with a triumphant military salute — more food to critics who feel he should be more humble. … “People have different characters and different temperaments,” Lin says in his defense.

A badminton player with ‘tude? All we need now is for him to start referring to himself in the third person.

 
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