USA Badminton

Mar 07 South Korea wins gold in badminton

Aug. 17, 2008, 8:45 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) South Korea's Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae won the gold medal in mixed doubles badminton at the Olympics on Sunday, defeating Indonesia's Liliyana Natsir and Nova Widianto in straight sets.

The unseeded South Koreans defeated the top-seeded Indonesians 21-11, 21-17 at Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium.

The South Koreans grabbed a 9-2 lead in the second game, taking advantage of unforced errors by the Indonesians. Lee Hyo-jung's smash made it 11-4 at the break.

Natsir and Widianto rallied to pull within two points but a pair of powerful smashes by Lee Yong-dae sealed the medal for the South Koreans.

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