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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Energy Drink for badminton?

An interesting sports Jelly drink from Weider Japan.

In addition to salts lost thru sweating and glycogen used during sports, vitamins are expended?

Hence, a need to replenish vitamins?

Fine print: For those people that do not eat enough vegetables in their daily diet.

Meaning meat eaters/carnivores need this drink.

Lee Chong Wei was previously seen drinking this drink in competition as pointed out in the forum.

Reference: here

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Completion of Olympics finals, men's singles and men's doubles-an autopsy

One of the better Olympics finals in badminton was the men's singles.

Final Score: 15-21, 21-10, 21-19

Lin Dan ended the hope of Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei's quest of a gold medal and successfully defended his gold medal.

This final lived up to its billing with a closely fought battle unlike the one-sided fiasco in Beijing 2008.

The top best players displayed all the skills of players at the top of their game.

Cautious probing, sudden attacks, miraculous saves, even trick shots, diving return of smashes and everything in between.

Unlike 2008, Lee Chong Wei managed to execute his deadly crosscourt smash, which is difficult to read.

Unfortunately, I realized the mistakes made by both Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei were cause by some draft in the stadium.
Lin Dan muttering at his mistakes.

Both the finalist misjudged the shuttles owing to the draft.
Lee Chong Wei misjudged an inbound shuttle.

One side of the court had a draft (downwind) and the other court slightly upwind.

The game have so much in stakes that chief coach (kingpin) Li Yongbo sat at the end of the court to yell instructions to Lin Dan.
The 1st game was all Lee Chong Wei as Lin Dan was unusually cautious, making mistakes and rarely attack.

The 2nd game was all Lin Dan as Lee Chong Wei gave up the game as he trailed Lin Dan too far.
Lin Dan executing his deadly signature jumpsmash, arguably the most lethal in setting up winners in men's singles today.

The 3rd game was probing match, each cutting down mistakes and only attacking when there's opportunity.

The game was neck to neck until suddenly at 19-18, when Lee Chong Wei left an incourt shuttle thinking it was out. That changed the momentum. Li Yongbo was so tense that he stood up after that point.

At the end, Lin Dan took more risk in the final points doing smashes.
(It's quite risky to smash too much as it risk hitting the net or increased recovery time compared to the defender)...Sad for Lee Chong Wei, 3 points to win the gold medal and he can almost win it.

Later that day, Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun beat Boe/Morgensen to win the gold.

When Fu is at the back and Cai in front, the combination is lethal.

Boe and Morgensen resorted to drive and placement tactics to negate the power of Fu Haifeng and speed of Cai Yun at the front court.

But their mistakes at flat play was costing them dear points.

The set plays, a strength of the Danes that defeated Lee Yong Dae/Jung Jae Sung, was countered brilliantly by the Chinese pairs who moved faster around the court.  

At the end, the Chinese pair earned their victory in a convincing fashion.

China sweeps the gold medals in badminton.

Attention to the national anthem of China, March of the Volunteers...义勇军进行曲.

Lin Dan's parents and wife at the stands.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Yonex Nanoray 800 spotted in the Olympics

Credit to a BCer who posted the info first.

Here is a case of indirect marketing by Yonex. Mystery, oh! the mystery...

The new Nanoray 800 was used by Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark as the picture above indicated.

In addition, Laybourn and Pedersen were also spotted with the nanoray.

Judging from Thomas Laybourn whom used a nanospeed 9900 before, this new Nanoray should perhaps be an stiff+ flex with slightly even balance rating.

If I were to guestimate this racquet, logically it should be a stiffer flex racquet than Nanoray 700RP, perhaps balance point roughly towards even balance.

Should be a deadly racquet in the front court and mid court area...

This is similar to Lee Chong Wei's used of the new Voltric Z-Force 2 months before the official launch. Lee Chong Wei won the Malaysia Malaysia Open with a mysterious racquet early in 2012.

The racquet is marketed by Yonex as the king of drive.

Drive here means the low fast and flat shots used in doubles.

The selling point is the speed in drive, i.e. machine gun drive.

The emphasis is the drive shot, essential in doubles for forcing the lift or changing defence into attack.

Reference: here and Yonex Japan. (in Japanese)

Olympic Infamy in Badminton

Badminton made the headlines yesterday for the wrong reasons. 

The crime: World no.1 pair of Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli 'threw' the match against a weak Korean pair so that they don't have to meet their compatriots in the knockout stage. Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli promptly lost. The jockeying of position to avoid stronger opponents set the stage for another kangaroo games involving potential opponents of  world no. 1 Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli. This time it involved the Korean and Indonesian pair who both play 'marco polo' or truth or dare. "You win please? Oh no you win please...Both wanted to lose to avoid the dreaded world no.1. 

The punishment: 4 pairs, total 8 players were suspended. 

Aftermath: Eliminated pairs of Russia, Canada, Australia and South Africa took their place. 

The crime scene:

Here Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli allowed a flick serve to hit home without even moving to try to intercept the shuttle.
The BWF/Olympic official had to enter the court and told the players to play properly and threatened to disqualify the 2 pairs.

Post mortem
Yu Yang quits badminton for good, the head coach, Li Yongbo apologized to the media. 

Badminton dive in doubles

A wonderful game was played today, in the quarter-finals match of Malaysia's Koo and Tan vs. the upstarts from Thailand, Maneepong and Bodin.

The game have everything; fast driving, creative placement, desperate saves, high emotions, jump smashes and youthful exuberance.

The Thai pair have undoubtedly became an exciting pair to watch from now on.

In the picture above, both Bodin and Maneepong dive in sync to save a non-chalant drop by Koo KK.

Even in defeat, Bodin and Maneepong gave the traditional wai salute to the fans.