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Lin leads China badminton sweep

Lin Dan beat Lee Chong Wei as China dominated in the badminton competition at the Asian Games.Both Lin, 27, and Lee, 28 have already set their eyes on the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“There are only two years left. I will cherish the time left and work harder and do better,” said Lin to Xinhua News.”This may be my last Asian Games. Maybe it’s time to give the younger players a chance.

“I will prepare for the London 2012 Olympics though,” said Lee who lost the Beijing Olympics title to Lin in 2008.China also won both team titles, as well as the women’s singles and doubles win out of the seven gold medals at stake in the badminton competition.

The Chinese girls were simply unstoppable at the Asian Games, with one-two finishes in both the singles and doubles.Wang Shixian stood out as a new generation of Chinese women players, known as the “Little Flowers”, took their chance to shine in the competition.

In the team competition, The Chinese girls lost only two sets against South Korea and Thailand en-route to their victory, while the men conceded one match in their final against South Korea.

Chinese head coach Li Yongbo admitted that he was pleased with his players, but saw Thailand as a potential threat after the South-East Asian team won the women’s team silver and the men’s bronze.

“Thailand has made a big progress that we can see in the Asian Games. I think Thailand will be the country to make a difference in the future badminton world map,” said Li.

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