Olympic Badminton 2016: Medal Winners, Scores and Thursday's Results

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2016

South Korea's Jung Kyung Eun (L) and South Korea's Shin Seung Chan returns against China's Tang Yuanting and China's Yu Yang during their women's doubles Bronze Medal badminton match at the Riocentro stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Ben STANSALL        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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South Korea's Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan beat China's Tang Yuanting and Yu Yang, 21-8, 21-17, for the bronze medal in Thursday's women's doubles badminton finals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  

Team GB's Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge also grabbed bronze medals on Thursday, beating China's Chai Biao and Hong Wei in three sets. In the women's doubles final, the Japanese duo of Misaki Matsumoto and Ayaka Takahash emerged victorious, beating Denmark's Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in a tight contest.

Here is confirmation of the medal winners:

Bronze-Medal Matches
Bronze-Medal TeamFourth-Place TeamScore
Women's DoublesJung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan (KOR)Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang (CHN)2-0
Men's DoublesMarcus Ellis/Chris Langridge (GB)Biao Chei and Wei Hong (CHN)2-1
Rio2016
Women's Doubles Final
GoldScoreWinner
Misaki Matsumoto/Ayaka Takahashi (JAP)2-1Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN)
BBC Sport

The Koreans, ranked fifth in the world, took the first game easily as they took advantage of a disjointed effort from the Chinese, drawing first blood in 16 minutes.

Beijing women's doubles champion Yu was particularly lacklustre and static in her performance, and there appeared to be tension between the pair. In the two-minute interval between the first and second games, the Chinese duo did not make eye contact with one another once.

China's Tang Yuanting (R) and China's Yu Yang returns against South Korea's Jung Kyung Eun and South Korea's Shin Seung Chan during their women's doubles Bronze Medal badminton match at the Riocentro stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016, at the Ri
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China's problems continued in the second game, with the pair even getting in each other's way at one point.

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The world No. 2 pair were able to show some flashes of their true quality, as they made the scoreline more respectable than it was in the first. But the cohesive Koreans deservedly saw out the game to secure the medal.

Great Britain's Marcus Ellis (R) and Great Britain's Chris Langridge celebrate after winning a point against China's Chai Biao and China's Hong Wei during their men's doubles Bronze Medal badminton match at the Riocentro stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Augus
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In the men's bronze-medal match, Team GB and China split the first set by a difference of just five points, as the two teams were incredibly evenly matched early. Ellis and Langridge appeared to have the advantage in the rallies, while their opponents seemed a little sharper with their finishing at the net.

A decider was needed to award a medal, and in that final set, the British duo ran out to a quick lead. In just 23 minutes, they demolished the Chinese team, winning 21-10 to grab the bronze.

The best was still to come, as the women's doubles final between Japan and Denmark turned into an incredible slugfest. Pedersen and Rytter Juhl shocked the Japanese favourites in the first set, before Takahashi and Matsumoto restored order, tying things up in just 17 minutes.

The final set turned into an absolute thriller, but the Japanese duo proved to be just a little quicker in the rallies, edging out a 21-19 win for the gold.

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