For Kim it a doubly golden finale as he partnered Lee Yong Dae to victory over Chinese Taipei’s pair, Chen Chung-Jen and Lin Yen-Jui, 21-18 21-16 in Men’s Doubles and then teamed up with Kim So Young to take the Mixed Doubles crown.
Playing before home fans in Gwangju, the Koreans came from a game down to defeat compatriots Kang Ji Wook and Kim Chan Mi, 20-22 21-19 21-17.
Meanwhile, Tai – who has impressed on the international badminton circuit – added to her credentials, with a silver medal in Women’s Doubles and later the Women’s Singles gold.
Ironically, she and Pai Hsiao-Ma were runners-up to Japan’s Miri Ichimaru and Shiho Tanaka (22-20 21-11) before Tai had to face her partner in the singles showdown. Unfortunately, Pai had to retire after injuring herself in the first game which she lost, 21-13, giving her Taiwanese team-mate the victory. Kim Su-youn of Korea and Japan’s Haruko Suzuki won bronze.
The Men’s Singles title went to No. 2 seed Wen Kai of China who upstaged top seed, Pablo Abian of Spain. The winner seized the lead from the outset and never relinquished it, romping to a comfortable 21-16 21-8 triumph. The Chinese shuttler’s performance was marked by amazing speed and control as he dictated proceedings in the 32-minute rout.
Lee Dong-keun (Korea) and Ernesto Velazquez (Spain) shared the bronze.
12th World University Badminton Championship
N.B. Tai Tzu Ying (second left) and Pai Hsiao-Ma (left)
won gold and silver in Women's Singles