Taiwan wins first-ever gold medal in badminton after defeating China’s men’s doubles

Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin will go down in history as the men’s doubles team that won Taiwan’s first-ever gold medal in badminton at the Olympics.

What happened: Lee and Wang, both first-time Olympians, bested China’s third-seeded pair Liu Yuchen and Li Junhui at the Tokyo Games men’s double grand final held at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza on Saturday, according to Taipei Times.

 

  • The Taiwanese badminton duo won the first match 21-18 and followed it by 21-12 to secure the win. The entire game lasted 34 minutes.
  • Now in 17the place, Taiwan won 10 medals — two golds, four silvers and four bronzes — at the Tokyo Games as of Monday, as seen in the Olympics’ medal ranking website.
  • The duo now sits in third in the BWF World Ranking for men’s double, pushing Li and Liu down to fourth.

Other details: Lee and Wang were both born in Taipei and reside in Kaohsiung City, according to their BWF Badminton profiles.

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  • Lee’s father encouraged him to play badminton and began playing the sport in 2005 while still in primary school.
  • Just like Lee, Wang’s parents also encouraged him to take up badminton. He started playing at the age of 9 in 2004 and later became interested in the sport.
  • Wang won the bronze medal at the 2018 World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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