London Olympics 2012: The Chinese Rampage in Badminton

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London Olympics 2012: The Chinese Rampage in Badminton
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As expected, the individual gold medals in the badminton events on either side have been won by the Chinese. You can find the top 5 favorites expected to win the gold on this B/R report.

Lin Dan was the favorite to win the men's gold over his longtime rival, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, even though the latter was ranked No. 1 in the Olympics. Both of them met in the finals, which was no surprise. Lee Chong Wei started well by winning the first set 21-15, but could not cope up with the guile of the player called "Super Dan."

Chen Long of China won the bronze medal, rounding off two of the three medals for the Red Lion.

Li Xuerui was supposedly preferred to her higher-ranked compatriot because of her superior record against the main non-Chinese rival, Saina Nehwal. But in the final, she showed that it was not the only reason for her selection.

She managed to beat her countrymen, who were ranked much higher in the semifinals as well as the finals. Will she be the next superstar from China? Saina Nehwal of India won the bronze medal, but she was helped partially by the injury to her opponent (from China!) Xin Wang.

The Chinese reign does not stop with just the individual medals—even the doubles were won by the Chinese. Overall, Team China pocketed eight medals of the possible 15. This included all five golds, two silvers and one bronze. 

Denmark finished with one silver and bronze each while Japan and Malaysia ended the competitions with one silver. India, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation rounded off the tally with one bronze medal each.

There was no doubt among the fans why the China was head and shoulders above their opponents. It was a strong performance that matched the expectations from their country. Going by the dominance in the 2012 Olympics, there is a wonder whether there will ever be anyone from the other countries who will give the Chinese a good fight; forget upsetting them continuously in world competitions.

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