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Golden smile: Wang Shixian stunned World No. 1 Wang Xin to win the badminton title. — Photo: AP
Golden smile: Wang Shixian stunned World No. 1 Wang Xin to win the badminton title. — Photo: AP

China's Wang Shixian stunned world No. 1 Wang Xin to win the women's Asian Games badminton gold on Saturday. Wang's victory helped push China's gold medal haul to 129 while success at road cycling and golf helped South Korea extend its tally to 50 with Japan on 26.

So far, 30 of the 45 nations and territories in Guangzhou have got themselves on the podium, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Laos.

World No. 4 Wang Shixian upset her more illustrious and experienced teammate 21-18, 21-15 to take the women's badminton honours.

Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin and Eriko Hirose shared bronze.

“I can't say that I was not nervous but I tried to relax,” said winner Wang.

Lee in final

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei defeated China's Chen Jin 14-21, 21-15, 21-7 to reach men's final, setting up a showdown with Lin Dan.

Chen, the reigning world champion, took the early initiative in some tense exchanges before Malaysia's Lee drew the first game level at 4-4.

But the Chinese was bossing the early play, his superior power keeping the 28-year-old Lee firmly on the backfoot. They went into the interval with Chen 11-6 ahead and he surged on to deservedly take the first game.

However, Lee started the second game the better and went into the break 11-10 up, pulling away after that with some delicate and deft stroke play to win the second game 21-15. The momentum was firmly with the athletic Malaysian now and he capped an impressive comeback to win the third and final game in decisive fashion

Lin Dan Saturday bulldozed his way past South Korea's Park Sung-Hwan in the other semifinal.

Lin puled Park all over the court in rampaging past him to win the first game 21-14 in less than 20 minutes. Lin briefly trailed the World No. 11 at the beginning of the second game before making his superior quality count, winning 21-10. — AFP

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