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China´s Lin Dan defends world title (pic)

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Published: 20 August 2007
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China’s Lin Dan celebrates by showing the national flag and his gold medal during the awarding ceremony for the men’s singles at the 2007 World Badminton Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Aug. 19, 2007. Lin won the gold after beating Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro 2-0. (Xinhua / Luo Xiaoguang)

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's Lin Dan defended his title at the world badminton championships, beating Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia 21-11, 22-20 here on Sunday.

World number one Lin retained the title following a 50-minute duel.

"Ever since 2001, I have never won any titles in Malaysia. Last year after I won the world champion in Madrid. When I learned that the 2007 worlds will be held in Malaysia, I thought this should be a tough challenge for me," said Lin.

 
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Badminton World Federation: There was no coup d’etat (pic)

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Published: 20 August 2007
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THE Badminton World Federation (BWF) has denied there was a coup d’etat to topple its president Kang Young Joong or that the world body is being run by an individual.

BWF vice-president Robin Bryant said the decision-making process involves all 24 members of the council and there is no one person who can actually control the proceedings as mentioned by Young Joong.

 

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Badminton World Federation’s vice presidents (from left) Robin Bryant and V.K. Verma, executive deputy president Datuk Punch Gunalan, council members Roger Johansson and Anne Smillie at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Pic: KHALID REDZA

 

 

Azalina denies making statements

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Published: 20 August 2007
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BADMINTON World Federation (BWF) has gently reminded Sports Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (right) that the Olympic charter clearly states that the government should not interfere with international associations.

 

Nova-Lilyana dedicate crown as National Day gift (pic)

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Published: 20 August 2007
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THE Indonesian mixed doubles pair of Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir presented their country with a happy belated 62nd National Day gift by beating hot favourites Zheng Bo-Gao Ling of China in straight games in the final at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

 

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Joy and despair: The Indonesian mixed doubles pair of Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir (top) celebrate after beating their fancied Chinese opponents Gao Ling and Zheng Bo (below).

 
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Olympic hopes dim after poor displays at world meet (pic)

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Published: 20 August 2007
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THE best bets for Malaysia turned out to be the biggest flops in the World Championships, which ended at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. 

Expectations were high on Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who were seeded second in the men's singles and men's doubles events respectively. But they dished out dismal performances. 

And now, the chances to see Malaysia winning the first gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing next year do not look very promising. 

The world number three ranked Chong Wei, known for his prowess at home, chose the wrong time and place to show the bad side of his game. He was blown away 11-21, 9-21 by Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the third round.

 

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Surprise, surprise: Veterans Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah defied the odds to win a bronze for Malaysia while the challenges of the other contenders like Lee Chong Wei (below) fizzled out.

 

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