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China wins gold, silver in badminton

London, England (Sports Network) - Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei defeated the fellow Chinese team of Xu Chen and Ma Jin in straight sets Friday to give the country the first two badminton medals at the London Olympics.

Zhang and Zhao won the mixed doubles final in straight sets 21-11, 21-17. Denmark's Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen knocked off Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir 21-12, 21-12 for the bronze.

As the sport tries to move past its match-throwing scandal here, the singles tournaments reached their final stages.

The top seeds in the men's tournament reached the final. No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia topped China's Chen Long 21-13, 21-14; and No. 2 Lin Dan of China beat South Korea's Lee Hyun Il to set up Sunday's medal matches.

Medal matches for the women's singles are Saturday. Wang Yihan of China beat Saina Nehwal of Indonesia 21-13, 21-13 and will face countrywoman Li Xuerui, who topped Wang Xin, also of China, 22-20, 21-18.

08/03 12:38:22 ET


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