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Kim So Young Shines as Korea Dominates Badminton at the 27th Summer Universiade

Kim So Young, the rising star of Korean badminton, celebrated her 21st birthday in style by winning two gold medals at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. This impressive performance helped Korea secure four gold medals in individual competition, highlighting their dominance in the sport.

In the Mixed Doubles event, Kim partnered with Kim Ki Jung to claim victory, showcasing their exceptional teamwork. In the Women’s Doubles, Kim joined forces with Chang Ye Na to secure another gold medal for Korea. Both victories were a testament to the skill and talent of the Korean players.

While Korea reigned supreme in the competition, China’s hopes were dashed as Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk emerged victorious in the Men’s Singles finale. The Chinese contingent faced tough competition from the Korean and Thai players, but Saensomboonsuk emerged as the sole gold medalist outside of Korea.

The week-long event at the Tennis Academy in Kazan witnessed a remarkable display of Korean prowess across various disciplines. Kim So Young started the final day with a win in the Mixed Doubles, defeating China’s Liu Cheng and Tian Qing. Sung Ji Hyun, the Women’s Singles top seed, continued the Korean success by overcoming strong resistance from Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying.

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Saensomboonsuk’s triumph marked another milestone for Korea, and the dominance continued with Kim and Chang’s thrilling victory in the Women’s Doubles event. Their determination and resilience were on full display as they battled against tough opponents to secure the gold medal.

In the Men’s Doubles finale, the top-ranked Korean pair of Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae faced a fierce challenge from Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov. After losing the first game, the Korean duo showcased their fighting spirit, bouncing back to win the remaining games and claim the gold medals.

The outstanding performances by the Korean players captivated the audience and showcased their exceptional skill and talent. The 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan was a testament to the growing dominance of Korean badminton on the international stage.

For a complete list of results from the individual badminton competition at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, click [here](link to results).

Text by Carnegiecentre.com