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Beijing Olympics: Lee Chong Wei bids for Malaysia's first gold medal

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 August 2008
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Lee Chong Wei has the weight of expectation resting on his shoulders as he bids to become Malaysia's first ever Olympic gold medal.

 

Malaysian badminton team keeps low profile before Beijing Olympic Games

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 August 2008
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BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Malaysian badminton team with the world's number two Lee Chongwei keeps a low profile before the Beijing Olympic Games start, saying their goal was two medals.

    "We will fight for medals at first and then strive for golds," said team manager Lim Teong Hiat here on Tuesday, adding the Malaysian Olympic Committee set the target for one gold in badminton.

    "There are no more easy games, despite Lee and our pairs in men's doubles have the chances to win golds," he said.

    Malaysian shuttlers have never won golds since badminton became a competing sport at the Olympic Games in 1992, according to Lim. They garnered one silver and two bronze medals at the Games.

    Lee Chong Wei, with a world ranking of second, was the team's biggest hope to win a gold. However, top seeded badminton players had never won titles at previous Games.

 
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Badminton is More Than a Backyard Game for US Olympian Eva Lee (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 August 2008
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For most Americans, badminton is a backyard game played at parties and barbecues. But for Eva Lee, it is very serious - she is one of five members of the U.S. Badminton team that will be competing for gold at the Beijing Olympics in August. VOA's David Byrd has this look at Eva Lee and her quest to become the first American woman to win Olympic gold in badminton.
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Eva Lee answers reporters' questions during Media Summit (Apr 2008 file photo)

 

Indonesian official not expect Taufik Hidayat to retain Olympic gold

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Published: 31 July 2008
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BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Though Indonesia has set gold medal target in its traditionally-strong badminton at the Beijing Olympics, the defending men's singles champion Taufik Hidayat is not expected to retain the title because of his physical condition.
 

Flu-hit Taufik Hikayat no impact on Indonesian Olympic badminton team

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Published: 31 July 2008
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JAKARTA, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The unstable form of Athens Olympic champion Taufik Hikayat, who got a flu recently, would not affect the high-morale Indonesian Olympic badminton team to Beijing, Lius Pongoh, the team manager told Xinhua on Thursday.