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Zhang wins second straight gold in badminton

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Zhang Ning became the first player in Olympic badminton history to win two straight singles titles when she topped Chinese teammate and world No.1 Xie Xingfang on Saturday.

The 33-year-old Zhang won by scores of 21-12, 10-21, 21-18 in 71 minutes.

"When Xie Xingfang fought back in the third game, I thought it might be too hard to win," said Zhang. "After the previous four matches in the competition I have been very exhausted and today I felt tired."

Zhang also called it the "perfect ending to my badminton career."

China was prevented from a medals sweep in the event as Indonesia's Maria Kristin Yulianti came back to beat Lu Lan, 11-21, 21-13, 21-15, for the bronze.

Top seeds Handra Settiawan and Markis Kido of Indonesia were gold medal winners in men's doubles, beating the second-seeded Chinese team of Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun, 12-21, 21-11, 21-16.

In the bronze medal match, the Korean duo of Lee Jaejin and Hwang Jiman defeated Denmark's Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen, 13-21, 21-18, 21-17.

08/16 11:37:37 ET


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