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China wins fourth consecutive Sudirman Cup

05-30-2011 14:47 BJT

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Let's go to the final of badminton's Sudirman Cup in eastern China's city of Qingdao.China and Denmark faced each other in a rematch of the 1999 final played in Copenhagen.

The hosts got off to a perfect start. Xu Chen and Ma Jin destroyed Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in straight games in the mixed doubles.

The battle between Lin Dan and 34-year-old Peter Gade of Denmark was the most anticipated match of the night. Gade announced he would retire after the London Olympics next year, so this was his last Sudirman Cup final against China's "Super Dan".

The 27-year-old Lin dominated the second game, and wrapped it up 21-11
to give China a 2-0 lead in the final.

Gade's dream final turned into a nightmare as China's world number two took the first game, 21-16 in front of the home crowd.

The 27-year-old Lin dominated the second game, and wrapped it up 21-11 to give China a 2-0
lead in the final.

The 27-year-old Lin dominated the second game, and wrapped it up 21-11 to give China a 2-0 lead in the final.

The final match saw China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng beat Carsten Mogensen and Jonas Rasmussen in men's doubles. The straight games victory gave China its fourth consecutive Sudirman Cup. Head Coach Li Yongbo once again had his hands on the trophy, while Lin Dan collected his fourth Sudirman Cup gold medal.

Lin Dan of China (R) hold the trophy as he celebrates with his teammate after winning the
finals of the 2011 Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships in Qingdao, East
China's Shandong province, May 29, 2011.It is China's second fourth straight win at
Sudirman Cup. [Photo/Xinhua]

Lin Dan, world NO.2 said, "Actually it is difficult for us to win all the time. Only the public and the media consider us a very strong team. For us, winning the tournament it is very, very difficult. We worked hard together to lift the trophy tonight, and showed our team spirit. I am really happy to be a part of the team."

Chinese shuttlers hold up their head coach Li Yongbo after winning the finals of the 2011 Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships in Qingdao, East China's Shandong
province, May 29, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Team members of China react during the awarding ceremony of the 2011 Sudirman Cup in
Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, May 29, 2011. China claimed the champion.
(Xinhua/Li Ziheng)


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