Lee and Obanana Win Silver in Austria

March 07, 2012, 7:19 p.m. (ET)

Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana Win Silver in Women’s Doubles at 2012 Austrian International Badminton Challenge


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Eva Lee (Orange, Calif.) and Paula Lynn Obanana (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn./Mountain View, Calif.) notched another impressive performance in Europe on their road to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England winning the silver medal and gaining valuable Olympic qualifying points at the 2012 Austrian International Badminton Challenge in Wien, Austria just outside of Vienna, Austria.  In November 2011, the pair won gold at the Norwegian International 2011 Badminton Championships.

In the Austrian International, Lee and Obanana posted victories over teams from England, Russia, and Japan before falling in the championships match to Malaysia’s Hui Ern Ng and Hui Lin Ng, the same team that eliminated Team USA’s Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) and Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.). in the second round.

Iris Wang also teamed with Phillip Chew (Orange, Calif.) to advance to the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event.  In the men’s doubles event, Chew played with Sattawat Pongnairat (Orange, Calif.), but they dropped their first round match to a mixed team from Australia and Malaysia.  Pongnairat also dropped his opening round match in the men’s singles event.  The Wang sisters both competed in the women’s singles event along with Karyn Cecilia Velez (North Hills, Calif.), but all three fell in the first round.

For complete brackets and results from the 2012 Austrian International Badminton Challenge please visit:  http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=FF3BC7D0-D2CB-4EF2-90FB-E6A839CAF417.

The USA Badminton athletes listed above, along with others are currently on a worldwide tour in the midst of the 2012 Olympic qualifying season which began on May 1, 2011 and concludes on April 30, 2012.  Participation in the Olympic Games is solely determined by an athlete’s international ranking.  Five badminton events will be contested at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England; men’s doubles, women’s doubles, men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles.

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-330-2062.  This press release is also available on the USOC’s media specific website at PRESSBOX.TEAMUSA.ORG.