China completes epic badminton sweep

China wrapped up a badminton gold-medal sweep at the London Games on Sunday, earning titles in the men's singles and doubles tournaments.

No other country went to the top of the medal podium after nine scandal-marred days of badminton. China picked up a gold medal Friday in the mixed doubles, then claimed the top prize on Saturday in women's singles and doubles, the latter tournament plagued by four pairs being expelled from the bracket for trying to fix the draw by throwing matches.

That included the top-seeded Chinese duo of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, who lost on purpose to try and ensure they wouldn't meet countrywomen Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei -- the eventual champs -- until the final.

China notched its fourth gold when Lin Dan defeated Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in the singles final, 15-21, 21-10, 21-19. It marked Lin's second straight Olympic gold in this event and he is the first to win this discipline twice at the games.

"This gold again confirmed my hard work over the years, because I knew to get this again I'd have to work even harder. I had to sacrifice quite a lot after (Beijing) 2008 because I want to retain the title. A lot of good athletes want to have this medal. Today it's a positive for me, for my efforts and for my sacrifice," said Lin, who hopes that the sport does not leave the London Games with too much of a black eye.

"I really hope badminton isn't affected by the disqualifications in this tournament. This medal is a confirmation of the sport. I hope that my performance and Lee's performance today is evidence of that," he said.

The sweep was then finished off by the duo of Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, giving China its first gold in men's doubles since it became in Olympic sport in 1992. Cai and Fu had won silver in the 2008 Beijing Games.

The top seeds got past Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, 21-16, 21-15.

"Of course, we were very nervous but we thought we played very well. We're very proud of all five medals," Fu said.

Doubles bronze went to South Korea's Chung Jae Sung and Lee Young Dae, who downed Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia, while China added one more bronze medal in singles thanks to Chen Long's win over South Korean Lee Hyun Il.