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China wins badminton gold in women's doubles

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The traditionally dominant Chinese won badminton gold in women's doubles Friday at the Beijing Olympics.

Du Jing and Yu Yang made it four consecutive Olympic gold medals for China in the event with a 21-15, 21-13 victory over Korea's Lee Hyojung and Lee Kyungwon in the final.

The Lees held an advantage heading into the match after beating Du and Yu in a three-set thriller at the All-England Championship in March. But the Chinese had some history on their side as well.

A Chinese team has won every gold medal in women's badminton doubles since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics -- where, ironically, these two countries last met in a final.

China's Ge Fei and Gu Jun won that match.

The Chinese also won the bronze medal Friday when Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen defeated Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna of Japan 21-17, 21-10.

Earlier in the day, the final was set for the men's doubles competition when Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia and China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng won their semifinal matches.

Both sides of the badminton singles draws will have all-Chinese finals.

On the women's side top-seeded Xie Xingfang and teammate Zhang Ning won their semifinals Friday. On the men's side, Lin Dan and Cai Yun were winners.

08/15 11:05:24 ET


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