Vietnamese shuttlers finish Olympic campaign

Monday, 2016-08-15 11:52:58
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Tien Minh was still unable to break through the group-stage tournament on his third consecutive Olympic attendance.
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NDO – Vietnam’s no. 1 badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh was unable to secure a place in the last 16 of the men’s singles event in Rio after losing his last Group E match against world no. 3 Lin Dan of China after 40 minutes of play on August 14. 

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With both players possessing two wins over the remaining two group opponents, Russian Vladimir Malkov and Austrian David Obernosterer, the clash between Minh and Lin Dan decided the representative for Group E in the knockout stage.

Lin Dan, who won the event in the previous two Olympic Games, proved a too tough challenger for Tien Minh to overcome.

The Vietnamese player made little trouble for the Chinese opponent, quickly conceding to defeats in two straight sets with scores of 7-21, 12-21, thus gifting the group’s last-16 ticket to Lin Dan.

The defeat to Lin Dan marked Tien Minh’s completion of his Olympic campaign with two wins and one loss. Despite failing to advance further, the efforts and sacrifices of the 33-year-old three-time Olympian to Vietnam sports certainly deserves recognition.

In the women’s singles event, Minh’s girlfriend Vu Thi Trang also ended her 2016 Olympic campaign after missing out on the top spot of Group J with one win over Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri and one loss against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

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