London, England – The Olympic badminton tournament continued to move past its match-throwing scandal on Thursday and China has put itself in excellent position for a big medal haul.
The Chinese boast three of the four finalists in the women's doubles and mixed doubles events. They also have placed six of the 12 semifinalists in the remaining tournaments (men's and women's singles, and men's doubles).
In women's doubles, the tournament that has created so much controversy here at the London Games, China's Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei earned a spot in Saturday's final against Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa of Japan.
On Wednesday, four teams in the women's doubles badminton draw were kicked out of the London Olympics. One of those teams was the top-ranked Chinese duo of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang. Tian and Zhao are ranked No. 2 in the world.
The expelled teams, which also include two pairs from South Korea and one from Indonesia, were suspected of trying to manipulate the draw of the knockout stages in their favor.
The mixed doubles final will be held on Friday and pits China's Zhang Nan and Zhao against compatriots Xu Chen and Ma Jin.
Wang Xin and Li Xuerui of China will also battle each other in one women's single semifinal, while countrywoman Wang Yihan will face Indonesia's Saina Nehwal in the other match.
Further evidence of China's dominance can be seen in the men's singles semifinal draw, where Chen Long and Lin Dan will face Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and South Korea's Lee Hyun Il, respectively.
Surprisingly, China has just one team left in the men's doubles draw after as Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng moved into the semis with a win over teammates Chai Biao and Guo Zhendong. Cai and Fu will face Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in one semifinals, while the other will feature Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen against South Korea's Chung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae.