ASIAN CHAMPS 2008 – Chen Jin gets OG ticket as expected

Lin Dan didn’t even pretend to play badminton in the semi-final of the Badminton Asia Championships, clearly yielding to Chen Jin – as he had in the final of the […]

ImageLin Dan didn’t even pretend to play badminton in the semi-final of the , clearly yielding to Chen Jin – as he had in the final of the All England – and thus allowing his younger compatriot to ensure his 4th world and hence his qualification for Beijing Games. Korea’s Park will be Chen’s opponent in Sunday’s final.

By Raphael Sachetat. Photo: Badmintonphoto (Live from Johor Barhu)

There was obviously little suspense before the match between Lin Dan and Chen Jin in Johor Barhu as the top seed had clearly stated that his goal for this event was not a gold medal – which would have been his first in this continental competition – but to “help his compatriot” Chen Jin to clear his way to Beijing. After his semi-final loss 13-21, 14-21, that goal was even clearer.

With such sacrifices, Lin Dan will be clearly assured of his compatriots good will to clear his path to Olympic gold in August. This could add to the pressure he will feel, but China now has definitely more chances to ensure that the gold medal stays in China, with three soldiers in this formidable Chinese Army.

On Sunday, Chen Jin will play against Korea’s Park Sung Hwan, who, on his end, played a real badminton match against Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia, resulting in a great 14-21, 21-16, 21-19 win for the young Korean.

Indonesia, however, is assured of one gold as both mixed doubles pairs of Widianto/Natsir and Limpele/Marissa made it to the final. Meanwhile, rising Chinese stars exacted revenge on the two Doha Asian Games finalists when Wang Lin and Jiang Yanjiao beat the gold and gilver medallists, Wang Chen and Yip Pui Yin to set an all-China affair.

All results HERE

Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.