Taiwan gets first win in badminton men's doubles at Olympics

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26/07/2021 02:48 PM

TAIPEI, July 26  -- Taiwanese badminton players Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin crushed their opponents from the United Kingdom in the men's doubles group play stage on Monday, earning their first win at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. 

The Lee-Wang pair knocked out the duo of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy 21-17 and 21-14 in the Group A match that took a mere 35 minutes to end, according to the Olympic score board. 

In the men's doubles event, a total of 16 teams were divided into four groups, with only the top two teams of each group being qualified to advance to the quarter finals. 

The Taiwan team lost to India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty 16-21, 21-16 and 25-16 in their first game in the group play stage on Saturday. Because of the defeat, the competition on Monday was vital as it would decide whether Lee and Wang could continue to stay in the games. 

With the win, the Taiwanese duo will meet the world's top pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia, the top seeder of the event, on Tuesday to fight for their way up.