Tokyo olympics: Wang, Huang win all-China final in badminton mixed doubles

Tokyo olympics: Wang, Huang win all-China final in badminton mixed doubles
Tokyo olympics: Wang, Huang win all-China final in badminton mixed doubles

Tokyo olympics: Wang, Huang win all-China final in badminton mixed doubles: China’s Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping upset the odds to win Olympic badminton mixed doubles gold on Friday, scoring a rare win over compatriots Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong.

The two pairs had met 15 times before the final, with Zheng Siwei and Huang Dongping — twice world champions and the number one ranked team — winning on 13 occasions.

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But Wang and Huang claimed bragging rights when it mattered, edging a close match 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 to secure the gold.

“My mind went blank after the final point — it still hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Wang Yilyu.

“I had to tell myself, ‘if you want to win this gold medal, first you have to win over yourself’.”

The win gave China its fourth Olympic gold in mixed doubles, putting the country back on top after Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir had won the title at the 2016 Rio Games.

But Wang and Huang had to come through a tense final game to claim the prize, with Huang saying the last few points “could have gone either way”.

“It was a great match and everyone was at their best, mentally, physically and tactically,” said Huang.

“We won the first game and they won the second game — we were trying to figure out each other’s minds.”

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