Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, Chen Long top “Race to Rio – BWF Olympic Qualification Ranking”

Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are one of the sweetest couple in Badminton.

Beijing: Chinese mixed doubles players Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, with 81,025 points, held on to the top spot in the Race to Rio – Badminton World Federation (BWF) Olympic Qualification Ranking released on Thursday. Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na of Korea, and Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin round out the top three, while Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir still lingered at No. 4.Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are one of the sweetest couple in Badminton.

In this week’s rankings, China’s Chen Long led the men’s singles rankings, with Lee Chong Wei finished runner-up, Kento Momota in the third, while Lin Dan stayed in the seventh spot with 57,747.

In women’s singles, Spain’s Carolina Marin ranked first, Wang Yihan, Li Xuerui and Wang Shixian of China were ranked 2-4.

Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan were the top three men’s doubles pair in the chart.

The women’s doubles rankings have remained relatively stable over the past week, as Indonesian pair Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii stayed atop followed by Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christinna Pedersen of Denmark and Luo Ying/Luo Yu of China.

According to the rules of the 2016 Olympic qualification, a country can field two players if both are ranked top 16 in singles event and two doubles pairs if both pairs are in the top 8.


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