PETALING JAYA: No international tournaments for 16 month, no problem for China.
Led by reigning men’s singles champion Chen Long, the Chinese shuttlers continued to tear their rivals apart at the Tokyo Olympics – their first competition since the All-England last year.
Yesterday, the 32-year-old Chen Long continued his gold medal defence quest when he ousted second seed Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan 21-14, 9-21,21-14 to set up a semi-final date against Anthony Ginting of Indonesia.
China have already won one gold through their mixed doubles pair Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping on Friday.
They can add another three through their other final representatives – Chen Long (men’s singles), Chen Yufei (women’s singles) and Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (women’s doubles).