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China, Taiwan and Japan strike gold at Asia Championships

China, Taiwan and Japan strike gold at Asia Championships
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Rio Olympic gold medallist Chen Long beat his Chinese team-mate Lin Dan in the men's singles final on Sunday to win his first Badminton Asia Championship and boost his claims for a berth at the world championships.

The 28-year-old Chen had not won a tournament since last year's Olympics but ended his barren run in timely fashion when he came from behind to beat Lin 21-23, 21-11, 21-10 in Sunday's final at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium.

It was his first win at the Asian Championships, one of the few major tournaments to have eluded him, after he finished on the podium six times previously. Tai Tzu-ying provided Taiwan with its first Badminton Asian champion when she won Sunday's women's singles final.

The current world number one took the gold when she beat Japanese teenager Akane Yamaguchi 18-21, 21-11, 21-18. Japan's Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi successfully defended their

Asian women's doubles title as expected, while China won the men's and mixed doubles finals.
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