London 2012 Olympics: Analyzing Top 5 Men's and Women's Badminton Players

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London 2012 Olympics: Analyzing Top 5 Men's and Women's Badminton Players
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Badminton, traditionally, has been dominated by the Asian countries, especially the Chinese and Koreans.

This year things will be no different at the London Olympics where there will be a clutch of hopefuls from the Asian countries who will most likely appear in the last rounds.

Each match is a best-of-three-games contest. The World Badminton Federation's ranking list is used to finalize the qualification for the Olympic tournament.

China has dominated the table of medals won by countries since the game was introduced in the 1992 Olympics, followed by South Korea and Indonesia. 

Both in the men's and women's events, the Chinese are the strong favorites. With their court speed, agility and ability to play a variety of shots, the Chinese will be the team to beat among others.

Denmark, Malaysia, Great Britain and the Netherlands are other countries who have won medals in the Olympics.

This time around, there are many more who are vying to get onto the podium at London.

Let us look at the top five favorites in the men's and women's lineups.

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