Vietnam bows out early at World Badminton Champs 2006 (pic)


All four Vietnamese lost their matches Wednesday at the qualifiers of the 2006 World Badminton Championship in Madrid, Spain, on through this weekend.

Nguyen Tien Minh, the world’s number 75

Nguyen Tien Minh, the world’s number 75, was trounced 2-0 (21/16, 21/13) by world No.3 Chinese Jin Chen in just 34 minutes in the qualifiers’ second round. Minh had passed Klaus Raffeiner (Italy) 2-0 in his opener on the previous day.

Compatriots Nguyen Quang Minh and Tran Thanh Hai were handed a 2-0 defeat (21/17, 21/15) by Malaysia duo Tan Fook Choong / Wan Wah Lee in men’s doubles event.

In mixed doubles, Tran Thanh Hai / Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung from Vietnam also played their way out of the tournament with a 2-0 loss (21/12, 21/4) over Denmark’s rivals Thomas Laybourn / Juhl Kamilla Rytter.

On the previous day, Tuesday, Hai / Nhung edged out the Austrians Michael Lahnsteiner / Tina Riedl 2-1 (16/21. 21/15, and 21/18).

The disappointing results at the international event demonstrate that Vietnam’s national badminton program lags behind the global frontrunners.

By Minh Phat



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