Monthly Archives: August 2010

Dragons are alive

How significant that it was up to Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng to ensure China’s sweep in the very last match. They were up against the world No.1 pair, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, and – despite the lack of match practice – ensured the final gold in a three-game match. Continue reading

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Prannoy has to settle for silver

His son’s campaign didn’t quite end in a fairytale, but Sunil Kumar is hoping Prannoy can at least make his other wish come true. Prannoy’s sister will be married on August 28th – and, well – “she’s his only sister, after all”.
Still, the silver medal would do. HS Prannoy’s remarkable run at the Youth Olympics in Singapore ended just short of a gold medal; the Indian fell at the final hurdle to Thailand’s Pisit Poodchalat in straight games, 21-15 21-16 on Thursday. Continue reading

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Praneeth, Prannoy favourites for title

Indian junior badminton players Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy go in to the Youth Olympics with a distinct shot at a gold medal. Without principal contender Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, the World Junior Champion, it’s a fair bet that either Praneeth or Prannoy can go all the way to the title. Both had won bronze medals in the singles of the World Juniors, with Praneeth falling to Axelsen in the semifinals. The inaugural edition of the Youth Olympics begin in Singapore on August 14. Continue reading

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Team is weak: Li Yongbo

Beijing: China must temper its expectations ahead of the badminton World Championships in Paris later this month and taking home just three of the five titles up for grabs is a realistic target, said head coach Li Yongbo. Continue reading

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