Badminton Tokyo Olympics Round-up
As Olympics flame fades away once more its time to look back at Tokyo 2020 (or 2021) and what happened there from a badminton perspective. The last day of action took place on the 2nd August 2021. Here’s a brief badminton Tokyo Olympics round-up with all of the medal winners.
First up is the men’s singles which saw Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen claimed gold. He beat China’s Chen Long in two games 21-15, 21-12 meaning Long had to settle for the silver medal.
Meanwhile the bronze medal was contested by Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Guatemala’s Kevin Cordón. Ginting came out on top winning comfortably 21-11, 21-13.
Team’s GB Toby Penty went out in the Round of 16 to Denmark’s Anders Antonsen.
- Gold: Viktor Axelsen
- Silver: Chen Long
- Bronze: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
In the women’s singles China’s Chen Yu Fei took the gold medal beating Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying in a very competitive match that went to three games. In the end Chen Yu Fei won out 21-18, 19-21, 21-18.
The bronze medal contest saw India’s Pusarla V. Sindhu take on China’s He Bing Jiao. PV Sindhu won in two games 21-13, 21-15.
Great Britain’s Kirsty Gilmour was beaten by Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-9, 21-18.
- Gold: Chen Yu Fei
- Silver: Tai Tzu-ying
- Bronze: Pusarla V. Sindhu
The men’s doubles gold medals went to the Taiwanese pairing Lee Yang / Wang Chi-Lin. They beat China’s Li Jun Hui / Liu Yu Chen 21-18, 21-12.
Meanwhile the bronze medal was contested by Malaysia’s Aaron Chia / Soh Wooi Yik and Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan. The Malaysian pair claimed the bronze in a match spanning three games, 17-21, 21-17, 21-14.
Great Britain’s Men’s pairing of Ben Lane / Sean Vendy were beaten by India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty, 21-17 & 21-19.
- Gold: Lee Yang / Wang Chi-Lin
- Silver: Li Jun Hui / Liu Yu Chen
- Bronze: Aaron Chia / Soh Wooi Yik
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The gold medal in the women’s doubles went to the Indonesian pair Greysia Polii / Apriyani Rahayu. They beat China’s Chen Qing Chen / Jia Yi Fan 21-19, 21-15.
It was an all South Korean affair for the bronze medal with Kim Soyeong / Kong Heeyong beating Lee Sohee / Shin Seungchan 21-10, 21-17.
Great Britain’s Chloe Birch / Lauren Smith had a close defeat to Malaysia’s Chow Mei Kuan / Lee Meng Yean going down 21-19, 21-16.
- Gold: Greysia Polii / Apriyani Rahayu
- Silver: Chen Qing Chen / Jia Yi Fan
- Bronze: Kim Soyeong / Kong Heeyong
In the mixed doubles the gold and silver medals both went to China. Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping beat Zheng Si Wei / Huang Ya Qiong over three games, 21-17, 17-21, 21-19.
Finally the bronze medal was won by Japan’s Yuta Watanabe / Arisa Higashino. They beat Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man / TSE Ying Suet 21–17, 23-21.
Great Britain’s best hope of a medal in the badminton disappeared when mixed doubles pair Marcus Ellis / Lauren Smith went out in the last eight against Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man / TSE Ying Suet, 21-13 & 21-18.
- Gold: Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping
- Silver: Zheng Si Wei / Huang Ya Qiong
- Bronze: Yuta Watanabe / Arisa Higashino
Summary: Badminton Tokyo Olympics 2020
Was it a good Olympics? In short from a badminton point view the Tokyo Olympics produced some scintillating play. Congratulations to gold medallists Viktor Axelsen (MS), Chen Yu Fei (WS), Lee Yang / Wang Chi-Lin (MD), Greysia Polii / Apriyani Rahayu (WD) and Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping (XD).
The British team particularly the mixed pair of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith will be disappointed they were unable to progress a little further.
That concludes our round-up of badminton Tokyo Olympics gold, silver and bronze winners.