Lee Yong-dae leads Korea to win mixed team gold at Universiade

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South Korean badminton players Lee Yong-dae (L) and Ko Sung-hyun celebrate their gold medal in the mixed team event with a victory over China at the Summer Universiade in Hwasun, South Jeolla Province, on July 8, 2015. (Yonhap)

Gwangju: South Korea won the mixed team gold medal in badminton at the Universiade on Wednesday.South Korean badminton players Lee Yong-dae (L) and Ko Sung-hyun celebrate their gold medal in the mixed team event with a victory over China at the Summer Universiade in Hwasun, South Jeolla Province, on July 8, 2015. (Yonhap)

The South Korean team of Kim Gi-jung, Shin Seung-chan, Son Wan-ho, Lee Yong-dae and Ko Sung-hyun blanked the Chinese team 3-0 at Hwasun Hanium Culture Center in Hwasun, South Jeolla Province, near the main host Gwangju.

This was South Korea’s second straight Universiade gold in the mixed team event.

In the opening men’s doubles, Kim Gi-jung and Shin Seung-chan defeated Zhang Wen and Ou Dongni 2-1.

Son Wan-ho then needed just 31 minutes to dispatch Gao Huan in the men’s singles.

Lee Yong-dae, a former Olympic champ, teamed up with Ko Sung-hyun to defeat Zhang Wen and Wang Yilyu 2-0 in the men’s doubles, clinching the gold medal for South Korea.

Sung Ji-hyun was slotted to compete next in the women’s singles, and the final match would have been a mixed doubles event with Shin and Lee So-hee taking the court for South Korea. They never had to break a sweat, as their teammates finished off China in just an hour and a half.

— Yonhap

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