Lin Dan won World Championship 2013 after Lee Chong Wei Injured

As expected, Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei met again in the final of World Championship. Lin Dan took the championship title again for the 5th time as Lee Chong Wei inevitably retired in the last set at match point. Lin claimed the title with the scores 16-21, 21-13, 20-17.

Both rivals were competing neck to neck on the first set, until Lee pulled away to take his first game. On the second set, Lin played by precision and Lee seems to misjudge a number of instances and loss points when the shuttle didn’t fall out of court. At one point, Lin was leading 11-1, and eventually Lin took the second set. Lee came back to fight hard on the third set but suffered from cramps toward the end of the set. It seemed too painful for Lee to continue with the match even after a doctor was called in to spray on his right thigh. Lee had to retire and was then taken away on a stretcher while Lin Dan was seen celebrating his championship.

Lee was not on the podium during the trophy presentation as he was reportedly being taken to hospital for treatment after he retired from the match. It was unfortunate for Lee Chong Wei to retire from the match but many hope he will not retire from the badminton game.

Summary scores for Lin Dan:
Lin Dan bt Sattawat Pongnairat (USA), 21-6, 21-9
Lin Dan bt Eric Pang (NED), 21-14, 21-17
Lin Dan bt Wei Feng Chong (CHN),22-20, 21-10
Lin Dan bt Long Chen(CHN), 21-13, 22-20
Lin Dan bt Tien Minh Nguyen (VIE), 21-17, 21-15
Lin Dan bt Lee Chong Wei (MAS), 16-21, 21-13, 20-17 (retired)

Summary scores for Lee Chong Wei:
Lee Chong Wei bt Scott Evans (IRL), 21-14, 21-15
Lee Chong Wei bt Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (INA), 14-21, 21-18, 21-11
Lee Chong Wei bt Zhengming Wang (CHN), 21-12, 21-7
Lee Chong Wei bt Tommy Sugiarto (INA), 21-6, 21-9
Lee Chong Wei bt Pengyu Du (CHN), 20-22, 21-12, 21-15
Lin Dan bt Lee Chong Wei (MAS), 16-21, 21-13, 20-17 (retired)

Lin Dan wonLee Chong Wei retires hurt to give ‘wildcard’ Lin Dan record 5th world badminton title
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All Eyes on Lin Dan (China) and Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)

The two badminton superstars were in a joint press conference in Tianhe Gymnasium for the World Championships 2013. Lin Dan has returned after taking a year break from international games to spend time with his family. So far both have beaten their first round opponents. Lin Dan beat world No. 58 Sattawat Pongnairat of the United States 21-6, 21-9, and Lee Chong Wei beat ireland’s Scott Evans 21-11, 21-15. If everything goes well, we are expecting to see the two rivals in the final. Could this be the last chance for Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei to win the gold medal for the country? They last met August in the finals in London Olympic 2012 and World Championships 2011, where Lee Chong Wei were defeated in both tournaments.

The BWF World Championships 2013 is held in GuangZhou Tianhe Indoor Stadium between 5 to 11 Aug 2013. For detail match schedules and statistics, please check out here.


Chong Wei and Lin Dan Both Ready to Win
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Better than nylon shuttlecocks

The next time you pick up a shuttlecock, it might not make of duck or goose feathers anymore, but it flies like one. The next generation shuttlecock is designed to emulate the flight of a natural feathered shuttlecock. It is more rigid than nylon shuttlecocks and does not collapse on impact. It even sounds like a feather when it is hit. Designed by Gordon Willis, it took him 15 years to research and develop the patented product bird2. A search on the Internet shows that it is already a commercial product.

Source: metro.co.uk

New badminton shuttlecock is certainly worth a gander

In what can only be welcome news for geese a British designer has developed a new form of shuttlecock that doesn’t require feathers…

 

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History of Badminton and Shuttlecock

While badminton only becomes an official medal sport at the games of the XXVth Olympiad in Barcelona in 1992, the shuttlecock which is used for the game can trace back from more than two thousands years ago. In China, shuttlecock was played as a kicking game till these days, called "Ti Jian Zhi", as early as 5th century BC. It is believed later it spreaded to other regions in India, China and Siam (known as Thailand today).

It is difficult to tell how the game known today as badminton evolves from the past history. The earliest source known is in ancient Greece drawings depict similar game played with shuttlecock more than two thousand years ago.  It is unsure how it becomes the traditional game called battledore and shuttlecock in Europe by late 16th century, or Jeu de Volant which means "flying game" in French. It was played with small hand paddle that were made of wood. The shuttlecock was often called a "bird" then because it was made of feathers with cork attached at the base. The social game was played by hitting the shuttlecock back and fro to another player, but without the net separating them as we have today. 

Battledore and shuttlecock was introduced to India from what was called the poona game. Poona is currently called Pune in India, it is the second largest in the state of Maharashtra after Mumbai. Back then, the game became popular among the British army officer and later poona was brought back to England. The game becomes very popular during the 1870s and 1880s as an outdoor social game for leisure pastime. The "father" of badminton is generally accepted to be the Duke of Beaufort live in Gloucestershire, now called Avon, in England. The Duke's residence called Badminton House on Badminton estate, thus became the name of the game. 

Other badminton clubs begun to set up in England and then other countries. As there was a need to standardize the playing of the game, an international body called International Badminton Federation (IBF) was created in 1934. Today the IBF is known as Badminton World Federation (BWF) which is empowered by International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing body for the sport of badminton. Badminton appeared first in Olympic Games 1972 in Munich, as a demonstration sport. It later became the official sport only in 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona.

Battledore and shuttlecock
 

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Types of Badminton Shuttlecocks

Badminton shuttlecocks are usually made of two types of material, feather shuttlecock or synthetic (plastic or nylon) shuttlecock. Beginners prefer to use synthetic shuttlecocks as they are more durable and relatively inexpensive compare to the feather shuttlecocks. Feather shuttlecocks are not long lasting due to the fact that they are made from natural feathers. Wear and tear such as damaged feathers or loosing a feather on a shuttlecock will affect the flight stability and need to be replaced. Shuttlecocks can made from goose or duck feathers. Premium shuttlecocks are said to be made from goose feathers, specifically left wing feathers. Why left wings? ghost know, maybe most geese are left winged. Other shuttlecock manufacturers also supply duck feather shuttlecocks that are as good as grade one goose feather shuttlecocks.

Depending on manufacturers, there are 16 or 14 feathers on a shuttlecock. The feathers are arranged in a overlapping circular manner and attach to a weight at one end which can be made from natural cork, composite cork or plastic base material. Shuttlecocks come in different speeds. Some brands use color bands on the base to different speed, green for slow, blue for medium, and red for high speed. However, temperature can also affect the shuttlecock in-flight speed. Hot weather tends to make shuttlecocks fly faster while cold weather tends to make them fly slower. So in colder countries or an air-conditioned competition halls, use a slightly faster shuttlecock. Choose your speed appropriately to suit the place country you intend to play .

Synthetic shuttlecocks are cheaper and more durable so they are usually used by novices, schools and clubs for practicing. Disadvantage of synthetic shuttlecock is that it has bad in-flight stability but it can last for many practice sessions. As beginners gain more experience in the game, they can use the feather shuttlecocks to bring their skilled to the next level. Serious players and skilled players in Singapore are using feather shuttlecocks for their social matches, training and competitions.

Visit shuttlecocksOnline.com for quality and cost effective feather shuttlecocks by reputable supplier.

geese in flight

 

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